No Election Until Supreme Court Gives Green Light: Mahinda Deshapriya

On Dissolution Of Parliament The Nineteenth Amendment, which was passed with just one Member of Parliament opposing it, reduced the term of Parliament to five years. Provisions that Supreme Court held required a Referendum were amended or dropped. Article 70 of the amended Constitution restricted the power of the President to dissolve Parliament. It now provides that “the President shall not dissolve Parliament until the expiration of a period of not less than four years and six months from the date appointed for its first meeting, unless Parliament requests the…

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Ranil was removed to abolish Special HCs and protect Rajapaksas

Ranil removed to abolish Special HCs and protect Rajapaksas – UNP ‘MPs who don’t support Mahinda threatened with death’ by Zacki Jabbar The UNP said yesterday that under the “illegal deal” entered into by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, there was a move to abolish the Special High Courts. Kalutara District UNP MP Ajith P. Perera addressing a press conference, at Temple Trees, said Justice Minister Susil Premajayantha’s remarks that the Special High Courts hearing high profile cases would be abolished , indicated that the main reason…

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UNP, JVP to go to Supreme Court

The United National Party (UNP) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have decided to go to the Supreme Court against dissolving the parliament. They will be filing a petition on 12 November. According to the 19th Constitution, the parliament can be dissolved only after the completion of four and half years of the government’s tenure, or with 2/3 approval of the parliament, or by defeating a budget proposal. Therefore, dissolving the parliament at this moment is illegal, they said. The decision taken by the President to appoint a new Prime Minister on…

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Mahinda-Maithiri only got 105 Votes, so the Parliament is dissolved to avoid embarrassment.

Sri Lanka president short of votes in crisis campaign Colombo (AFP) – Two weeks into a showdown between rival prime ministers, the Sri Lankan president’s party admitted for the first time Friday that it does not have a majority to get its candidate through a parliamentary vote of confidence. President Maithripala Sirisena named authoritarian former president Mahinda Rajapakse as prime minister after sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26.  Wickremesinghe has since refused to leave the premier’s official residence amid a deepening power struggle. The president also suspended parliament meaning neither…

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Parliament dissolved from midnight – Mahinda failed to get 113 MP’s to support him has the NEW PM.

Elections set for January 5th by President Mahinda and Maithiri failed to get the expected 113 MP’s which they have been saying for a week that they have got it.  President Maithiri had postponed the parliment from 5th to 7th and than to 14th of November expecting that they can buy MP’s supporting Ranil. But ‘NOT FOR SALE’ by the  UNP, TNA, Muslims and Upcountry MP’s was not only a shock to the Fraudulent Mahinda – Maithiri group but even to the Sri Lankan public because in the past specially during the rule of…

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TNA Must Seize This Golden Opportunity

THE PROBLEMS OF THE TAMILS WILL NEVER BE SOLVED BY ANY SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT UNLESS AND UNTIL UN AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY INTERVENE AND ENFORCE AN ACCEPTABLE PERMANENT AND GUARANTEED POLITICAL  SETTLEMENT. By Kumarathasan Rasingam – Kumarathasan Rasingam The current volatile political situation is unprecedented in the political history of Sri Lanka and elsewhere in the world when a country is having two Prime Ministers, one elected by the Parliamentary majority, the other handpicked by a misguided President who has breached the constitutional obligations illegally by sacking the elected Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, when…

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Mahinda Rajapaksa took this action because there are several serious lawsuits before courts and they cannot be turned back.

Prof. Wijesuriya expresses deep disappointment in blistering criticism of President Sirisena  Says no pledges were fulfilled, Executive Presidency and anticorruption measures blocked   Holds Sirisena responsible for current strain on democracy, fears civil liberties would vanish if constitutional deadlock remains  Appeals to MPs to put aside differences and uphold the law on 14 Nov.      Founding member of the National Movement for Social Justice Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya yesterday apologised to the nation for supporting the Presidency of Maithripala Sirisena and appealed to the Members of Parliament to uphold the rule of law when…

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Sri Lankan political coup: Rajapakse makes bogus promises to ease social crisis

Nov 08 (WSWS) Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, installed in a political coup on October 26, has also appropriated the post of finance and economic affairs minister. Last week, in a bid to deflect the opposition of working people, he announced cosmetic measures to ease the economic and social crisis facing workers, peasants and the poor. Rajapakse is trying to paint himself as “people-friendly” in contrast to Ranil Wickremesinghe who was unconstitutionally sacked as prime minister by President Maithripala Sirisena. In fact, whichever faction of the Sri Lankan ruling class finally…

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