Sumanthiran challenges prez hopefuls: Pass 20A prior to poll

By Kelum Bandara Throwing a challenge at presidential hopefuls who commit to abolish executive presidency following the forthcoming election, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran urged them to act in favour of passing the 20th Amendment in Parliament before the poll. He said any candidate would be duty-bound to make 20A operational after ascension to office.  He told Daily Mirror that a referendum could be conducted later on, if the proposed constitutional amendment were passed in the House.  “My party has taken the primary position that this election should not happen. If…

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Gotabaya-wave by terrifying the minorities into not voting, and persuading enough Sinhalese that only a Hitler-like saviour can protect them.

…the elevation of Mr Rajapaksa to the presidency is likely to have a damaging impact on social stability… With a rise in Sinhalese nationalism, there is likely to be a further increase in anti-minority sentiment across the country… Combined with the weakening of press freedoms and civil liberties that we would expect under a Gotabaya presidency, this is likely to be detrimental to long-term political stability. As a result, the country’s economic prospects look set to darken.” What would a Gotabaya Rajapaksa Presidency look like (Economist Intelligence Unit – 11.8.2019)…

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SLPP to go it alone: No partnership with the SLFP

Basil Rajapaksa insisted on Pohottuwa symbol and ruled out Chair Speaker Karu Jayasuriya may not contest Hurried moves to abolish executive presidency – President and PM pass the ball Sri Lanka People’s Alliance (SLPA) will be set up on October 5 In what seemed revealing by itself, President Maithripala Sirisena, began an emergency Cabinet meeting on Thursday afternoon with the remarks “Ogollo hadissi cabinet resveemak illuva. Onna mang dunna. Kiyanna kiyana thiyana deval” or “You asked for an emergency Cabinet meeting. Here, I have now given it. Hence, say what you have…

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Premini Thanushkody, the lone female of those abducted, was gang-raped and later killed by Karuna and Pillaiyan associates

Is Karuna making a comeback? The announcement of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the Presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) on August 11 seems to signal a change of fortunes for former Militant and ex-MP Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan better known by the once feared Nom de Guerre Karuna Amman. With the defeat of the Rajapaksa regime in 2015, Karuna had retreated to the shadows only to appear at the recently held SLPP party convention. As the former Defence Secretary’s name was announced as the Presidential hopeful of the party, Karuna…

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Northern Governor discusses land issue with Army Chief

Governor of the Northern Province Dr. Suren Raghavan discussed the land issue with the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, the Governor’s Secretariat said. The Army Commander met the Governor at the Governor’s Secretariat in Jaffna. The Commander briefed the Governor on the security and humanitarian activities in the post-war Northern Province and he said he would continue this under his commandership. The Governor pointed out that there was a drastic change in the activities of the military in the Northern Province since the assumption of office by…

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“Those in the Cabinet who Say They are for Executive Presidency Abolition But this is not the right time Can Help Pass the Bill Now in Parliament and hold the referendum Afterwards Suggests TNA Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran

“Those in the Cabinet who Say They are for Executive Presidency Abolition But this is not the right time Can Help Pass the Bill Now in Parliament and hold the referendum Afterwards Suggests TNA Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said yesterday that the emergency Cabinet meeting summoned on Thursday to discuss the abolition of the executive presidency was done with the agreement of both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “The primary promise of the 2015 Presidential Election campaign was the abolition of the executive presidency,…

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Media reports State the National Identity Card Used by Gotabaya Rajapaksa to Register as a Voter in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Electoral Lists had been invalidated by the Department for Registration of Persons in October 2016.

By Anurangi Singh A day after the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna made a deposit on behalf of its presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Elections Commission, fresh controversy has erupted over the former defence secretary being registered to vote since 2017 under a NIC number that has been defunct since October 2016. The revelations followed confirmation by the Police Headquarters that the CID had reported progress to the Colombo Chief Magistrate on its investigation into alleged irregularities pertaining to Rajapaksa’s passport and “other matters” last Friday, and disputing media reports…

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