Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Risks and Opportunities

http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka/b145-sri-lanka-s-presidential-election-risks-and-opportunities.pdf Colombo/Brussels  |   9 Dec 2014 Sri Lanka’s upcoming presidential election promises more competition than was initially anticipated. But with that comes a great risk of violence. Long-term stability and post-war reconciliation can only be achieved through a peaceful election resulting in a government committed to serving the interests of all Sri Lankans. “The opposition’s attempt to reopen democratic space also brings with it risks of violence and instability … The tighter the race, the more violent it threatens to be”.Alan Keenan, Crisis Group’s Sri Lanka Senior Analyst Surprising many observers,…

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Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Risks and Opportunities:International Crisis Group

Sri Lanka’s presidential election, scheduled for 8 January 2015, looks set to defy the predictions of many and be a true competition. As such, the polls threaten risks and promise opportunities for long-term stability and post-war reconciliation. The sudden emergence of a strong opposition candidate caught many, including President Mahinda Rajapaksa, by surprise. Running on a platform of constitutional reforms to limit executive power and restore independent oversight bodies, the opposition coalition led by former Rajapaksa colleague Maithripala Sirisena seems set to pose the first strong challenge to Rajapaksa in…

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Sri Lanka Playing with Fire by Accusing US Envoy Michele Sison of “Trying to Bribe”for Presidential Poll Propaganda.

By Upul Joseph Fernando A list of names of likely defectors who were to follow Maithripala Sirisena to the Opposition when the latter made his exit from the government has now been publicized through the social media. Though some made their exit others did not. Among those names was Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon. Now, the minister claims that the United States Ambassador in Colombo Michele J. Sison promised to offer him a bribe if he was to cross over to the Opposition. This allegation was made on the eve of the departure…

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Warning for U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka

Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka Date: December 9, 2014 Sri Lanka will hold presidential elections on January 8, 2015.  The campaign will feature large public events‎ and rallies.  Political rallies and election campaigns in Sri Lanka have occasionally turned violent.  U.S. citizens are reminded to avoid polling stations, large public gatherings, political rallies, and demonstrations.  U.S. citizens are advised to monitor local media in case of public disturbances. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens living or traveling in Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives enroll with…

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Common candidate must resolve Tamil

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian and Spokesman, Suresh Premachandran said it is a must for a presidential candidate to address important issues of the Tamils of North and East. Such a candidate must assure demilitarization in the North, resettlement and other burning issues to address the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka. He added that TNA is for a united Sri Lanka and not for separatism. He said the ethnic problem could be solved within a united Sri Lanka and the TNA was not for a unitary Constitution.”…

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Govt. spends Rs. 500 m to secure 2,000 votes!

The extent of the government’s political bankruptcy is evident by its having spent Rs. 500 million to get the support of a person like Tissa Attanayake, who does not have even 2,000 votes of his own, a group of businessmen at Digana in Kundasale electorate of Kandy district told ‘Lanka News Web.’ People of Kundasale, Attanayake’s electorate, are lighting firecrackers to celebrate the UNP’s freeing from his clutches, said these businessmen as well as UNP voters in Kundasale. ‘Sold himself before losing UNP party position!’ “Had Tissa Attanayake not given…

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Rs. 200 million , a vehicle and portfolio

‘‘We gave away a skeleton of a parrot & got a young one” – Ranil in Kandy “Ven. Sir, yesterday we gave away a ‘Naatu Girawa’ (skeleton of a parrot) of ours to the president and got a ‘Hedakara Maala Giraviyak’ (a very beautiful she parrot) from him,” said opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to Mahanayake of Malwatte Chapter, Most. Ven. Tibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera in Kandy today (09). In a very relaxed and friendly tone, the opposition leader also told the Mahanayake Thera, “In foreign countries, rats jump out of…

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