Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is hoping to form a new political party?

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is hoping to form a new political party as an alternative to the Ilankai Tamil Arachu Kachchi (ITAK) to contest the upcoming provincial council elections, a source close to him said yesterday. He contested the 2013 elections under the banner of the ITAK-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) though however, he fell out with the ITAK leaders later. The source said the chief minister would form a new party move for a broad political alliance as an alternative to the TNA to contest the elections.…

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Rajapaksa who amended the Constitution allowing him to contest any number of times now backs end to Executive Presidency because he can never be reelected

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected twice as President, Under executive presidency, head of the state possesses all relevant executive powers. In 2010, he adopted an amendment to the Constitution allowing him to contest any number of times. Mr. Sirisena’s present government restored the two-term limit in 2015 through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Hence Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is constitutionally barred from contesting again to become President, has opted to support a proposal to abolish the executive presidency. Bandula Gunawardena, chairperson of Mr. Rajapaksa’s ‘Joint Opposition’, told…

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AFTER 9 YEARS – ONLY Half of IDPs can be resettled with latest land release

Sri Lanka’s army commander warns Tamils: as we give to you, we can take back Sri Lanka’s army commander warned Tamils that the army was able to take back what it ‘granted’ to the Tamil people, whilst … parents who are gathered here today. What I ask of you as an army commander is that for your children, your siblings, the upcoming With the latest release of lands in Thelippalai recently, 50 percent of those currently in IDP centres would be able to return to their rightful lands, Commander, Security…

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UNHRC Cannot Rely On Sri Lanka To Prosecute Its Armed Forces – Part III

By Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah – Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah As the search for justice for victims of the Tamil genocide continues. – While the application of ‘universal jurisdiction’ by individual states to prosecute war criminals must be pursued rigorously, the way forward for member states of the UN Human Rights Council is to lobby the UN Security Council for an ICC referral or for the establishment of an international special criminal tribunal for Sri Lanka. This is part 3 of a series of articles showing the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) cannot rely anymore on…

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Fear of Rajapaksa’s return among the Tamils will work well for the government, Government will not concede anything to the Tamils in the upcoming two years.

Fear of Rajapaksa’s return among the Tamils will work well for the government. Although the drift was halted to a certain degree under the new unity government, reconciliation did not take place and the communities did not come together.  ”The government was saved by the LTTE and Tamil diaspora groups” This is a racist theory and reflects the fact that we, as a nation, have not moved away from conflict paradigms.  The new unity government did not concede anything to the Tamils to the utter disappointment of the Tamil people. …

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Gotha’s Leadership and possibility of Sri Lanka going the way of Pakistan to Military rule

By P. Soma Palan –  P. Soma Palan I refer to Mr. Kelum Bandara’s Interview with Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa(GR), which appeared in the Daily Mirror of 10th April, prominently under large bold heading “People want Non-Traditional Politicians”. Although it covered diverse matters of interest, I was amused by his response to the question, “How would you fit into the shoes of a politician”. He answered by saying that “people want non- traditional Politicians”. His statement is reflective of his super ego to be the new Messiah to rescue the Nation; a self-claim to an uncommon, extraordinary, innovative and…

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