None of the heavyweights of the SLFP- including SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha and Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva – were present at the Medamulana rally, despite widespread speculation. When contacted by MPs of the Rajapaksa group, they said they were busy at the SLFP headquarters, finalising nominations. However, the low turnout of MPs for the Medamulana meeting came as a disappointment not only for the former President but also for his supporters………………… READ MORE
Sri Lanka’s August elections have been timed to stop a comeback by war-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who remarkably may see his popularity rise in coming months if criticized for war crimes in a U.N report, said government sources. Foreign diplomatic sources said some Western countries also worried the U.N. report could help Rajapaksa and urged Sirisena not to delay elections…………………….. READ MORE
Dissanayake said that the countries which wanted Rajapaksa out of power had used President Maithripala Sirisena and those around him to achieve their goals. “These countries used Maithripala Sirisena, Rajitha Senaratne, Champika Ranawaka and others to remove Mahinda Rajapaksa from power in January,” he said.
The former Minister said that even Sri Lanka’s closest neighbor India had worked towards removing Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last Presidential election…………….. READ MORE