Sri Lanka: Warnings of ‘bloodbath’ as political tensions rise

by Rathindra Kuruwita & Zaheena Rasheed Sacked prime minister’s party calls for protests as speaker warns of possible violence over parliament’s suspension. Colombo, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka‘s President Maithripala Sirisena has come under increased pressure to allow legislators resolve a power struggle with his sacked prime minister, amid warnings that the country’s deepening political crisis could devolve into a “bloodbath”. The concern over possible violence came on Monday as legislators loyal to removed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called on their supporters to converge on Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, to protest against…

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A crossover is worth 2 m USD? – Who has a majority in parliament?

Maithripala-Mahinda alliance has the support of a total of 100 MPs. The UNP had a total of 102 MPs, including the speaker. TNA which is yet to take a decision, has 16 MPs JVP has 6 MPs and that party has decided to support neither side. A SLFP group decides to become independent A group in the SLFP has decided to function independently, without accepting government positions or privileges, say political sources. They say that going by the dark shadows in the past two to three days it is evident…

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We have 116 MPs in our pocket – Mahinda group

On Sunday, the Badulla district MP, Vadivel Suresh met with Mahinda Rajapaksa pledging his allegiance. However, on Monday Suresh also met with Ranil denying his support to Rajapaksa. Next day he joined Mahinda has a minister. UNP defections begin as parliamentarians warn of more to come At least three parliamentarians have now defected from Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party to Mahinda Rajapaksa, as both men vye to control a parliamentary majority and the seat of Sri Lankan prime minister this week.  Following President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as…

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Sirisena has become an agent of the attempted comeback of the man he replaced, Mahinda Rajapaksa – NYTIMES

COLOMBO (NYTIMES, AFP, REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – When Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena was elected in 2015, he was given a sweeping mandate from voters to investigate accusations of war crimes and graft against his predecessor’s government and to cancel deals with China that had plunged the country into debt. Now, Mr Sirisena has become an agent of the attempted comeback of the man he replaced, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr Sirisena has unilaterally suspended Parliament and the Cabinet and declared that Mr Rajapaksa would immediately become the new prime minister. The Parliament and public that…

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“The SLFP and the SLPP will eventually succeed in gaining parliamentary approval for their new administration on 16th November”

“The SLFP and the SLPP will eventually succeed in gaining parliamentary approval for their new administration in mid-November”- The Economist By The Economist Intelligence Unit Sri Lanka is set to undergo another period of political turmoil as the country faces a constitutional crisis. The growing tensions and ideological differences within the ruling coalition between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) came to the fore on October 26th, when the president, Maithripala Sirisena (who is also the leader of the SLFP), announced the sacking of the…

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe’s Address To The Nation – Full Text

On 8th of January 2015, 62 Lakhs of people of this country got together as a common front to re-establish democracy in the country and to re-establish peace and reconciliation. We rallied together, against corruption, fraud and thuggery, and at the same time to economically develop this country. 8th of January 2015 all the political parties and the forces including Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha maha Thero and other priests, Civil society as well as former President Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga got together and made Maithreepala Sirisrena the President of this country. Thereafter, I was…

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THE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS PRESIDENT AND THE POLITY NEED TO ANSWER

by Jehan Perera The dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe following the withdrawal of the SLFP headed by President Maithripala Sirisena from the government alliance has become yet another source of instability within the polity. It has also caused international ripples with the governments of many countries publicly expressing their concerns and the UK issuing a travel advisory to its citizens to be careful when travelling to Sri Lanka in the near future. Therefore the sooner this crisis is resolved the better it will be for the country. It is…

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President Sirisena’s Second Coup: Reasons & Numbers

By S. I. Keethaponcalan – Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan President Maithripala Sirisena became part of yet another political coup within five years. In the first coup, he parted ways with the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to become the common candidate of the opposition parties headed by the United National Party (UNP) in 2014. His shift, then, was considered as “traitorous” by Rajapaksa and his loyalists.  The present one unfolded when he appointed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister on October 26, 2018. This move surprised almost everyone I know in Sri Lanka. Maithripala Sirisena…

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