Implications Of The Political Imbroglio In Sri Lanka – Analysis

By Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirsena by sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 this year has not only precipitated the country into a political crisis, this is likely to lead to an economic disarray. Ousted finance minister Mangala Samaraweera not only reminded of the country’s outstanding debt of $1 billion, repayment of which needed a legitimate government and functioning legislature, he further pointed to the Article 148 of the Sri Lankan Constitution which provided for the Parliament’s full control over public finance and thereby…

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Commonwealth councils might suspend Sri Lanka

By Gayathri Gunasekara The Lawyers Collective warned that the present political crisis will lead to a situation where Sri Lanka will be suspended from the Councils of the Commonwealth over anti-democratic actions taken by President Maithripala Sirisena. President’s Counsel J.C. Weliamuna said if the President doesn’t restore democracy, Sri Lanka will have to face dire consequences in the near future. “Suspension is the most serious punishment that can be administered to Members of the Commonwealth and it can be humiliating,” said Weliamuna. The Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles govern issues such…

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Fund to help ex LTTE combatants integrate into society

A fund to enable rehabilitated LTTE combatants to begin afresh consequent to their social re-integration will be established. Rehabilitation, Resettlement, Northern Development and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister Douglas Devananda, on his recent tour in the Jaffna district said he will take action to help former LTTE combatants in their social integration. Under the state rehabilitation programme, close to 13,000 former combatants have been rehabilitated. The Minister stated that the Office of the Rehabilitation Commissioner General had done a commendable service in the rehabilitation of these ex-combatants. Devananda said he would…

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Sri Lanka king-maker Tamils and Muslims back restoring Ranil

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s main minority party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Thursday asked President Maithripala Sirisena to restore the government that existed prior to October 26 saying they support Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government. The TNA said their 14 members will support a government of the United National Front (UNF), but stopped short of demanding Wickremesinghe’s restoration, leaving it to the United National Party (UNP) dominated  UNF. The TNA in their letter to President Sirisena said the man he installed as prime minister on October 26, Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa had…

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