Who will the climb to the top in the greasy polls after the cross pollinations in the nation after all these character assasination? The count down has begun this time without gun, fingers crossed till the voters cross their ballots papers and votes are counted. The morale is high among voters in exercising their franchise and trust there will be no rigmarole! There is a strong notion the election will be fair and truly democratic………………….. REAd ALL
The President and the Prime Minister, from two different parties, have cooperated during the past six months or so due to a pre-polls agreement. The situation is bound to change after the forthcoming general election. If the UNP forms a government on its own or with the help of its allies, the position of President Sirisena will be greatly undermined. If the SLFP captures power in Parliament with a working majority the new Prime Minister will become an alternative power centre within the party vis-à-vis the lame duck President. So, the President’s worries won’t go away after the next month’s election.
Having his position undermined will be the least of President Sirisena’s problems after August 17. He will come under severe pressure from the UNHRC to do as it says in respect of the war crimes allegations. Domestically, he will have to address issues pertaining to devolution such as the TNA’s demand for remerging the North and the East, the SLMC’s call for a separate administrative unit in the East and land and police powers for the provinces…………………….. READ ALL