Sri Lanka’s Tamils are at imminent risk after Rajapaksa’s return

On October 26, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and replaced him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This sudden challenge to Sri Lanka’s regime blindsided some political observers and members of the international community. To those for whom the political upheaval matters the most, however, it came as no surprise. Mahinda Rajapaksa was feared by political opponents, his critics and the Tamil-speaking people on the island during his ten-year reign between 2005-2015. Under his rule, activists, journalists and politicians with opposing views were harassed, intimidated, abducted…

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Another claimed to have switched joins Ranil!

The unexpected political turnover occurred the last 26 caused the conversation of switching parties in the blink of an eye. Accordingly, many conversations carried out in relate to the separated sets of MPs and Ministers on to Maithree and Ranil groups. Especially, rather controversial news bulletins have surfaced about characters that are likely to be attached to President Maithreepala Sirisena and Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe from the United National Party. United National Party Badulle District Parliamentarian Wadiwel Suresh was one amongst the characters specially mentioned. Mr. Wadiwel Suresh had met Mr.…

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US State Department Calls On Sirisena To Convene Parliament In Consultation With Speaker

The US Department of State has called on President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene Parliament, in consultation with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, and allow representatives of the people to fulfil their responsibilities. In a statement, the Department of State said it would continue to follow developments in Sri Lanka with “great concern”. “We urge all sides to refrain from intimidation and violence,” the statement added. This follows Opposition R. Sampanthan’s request to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to convene Parliament with immediate effect and allow the legislature to perform its legitimate functions. Speaker Jayasuriya, sending a letter…

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