Interim administration and return to 19-A a must

Statement from Religions for Responsible Governance : At this grave hour in the history of our nation, the Religions for Responsible Governance (RRG) affirms our solidarity with the growing number of our people who demand political change and transparency, with an end to the immense economic hardships and suffering we face daily. We agree that the President, who must take ultimate responsibility for the current debacle, should step down along with his government, paving the way for an interim administration; and call for immediate change in our corrupt and incompetent…

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SriLankan to be grilled by COPE next Monday

The senior management of SriLankan Airlines had been summoned before the COPE to inquire into its current performance, COPE Chairman Prof. Charitha Herath said. SriLankan Airlines is scheduled to appear before COPE next Monday (25) at 10.00 am. The Chairman of COPE stated that the SriLankan management will also be questioned about its bidding process for the lease of 21 aircraft that made headlines recently. Sri Lanka’s national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, announced, on 14 April, that it had made four requests for proposal (RFPs) to lease up to 21 aircraft…

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Dissident MPs hand over proposals to reduce powers of Executive Presidency

Proposals handed over to Speaker by SLFP Nimala Siripala de Silva Proposed amendments make it mandatory for President to act on advice of PM Setting up of independent commissions also proposed Members of the group of 40 MPs who sat in the Opposition this week handed over to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena yesterday a draft of the 21st Amendment of the Constitution which seeks to reduce the powers of the Executive President and make the person holding office answerable to Parliament. The proposals were handed over by SLFP MP Nimal…

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“PM & Cabinet must resign” Senior SLPP leader writes to President

Former Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has called for the resignation of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers.  The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP made the appeal via a letter addressed to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today.  He said the Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers should resign immediately. A new ‘All-Party’ Government consisting of a small Cabinet of Ministers must be established  The new Cabinet should represent all parties in the Parliament, the former Minister said further. MP Alahapperuma added that the all-party Cabinet should be focused on…

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Details of PM’s phone conversation with Chinese Premier released

Statement from Prime Minister’s office During a phone conversation with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, China’s Premier Li Keqiang assured China’s support to Sri Lanka to facilitate greater stability in economic and social development. “China feels for Sri Lanka for the difficulties and challenges you face, and we want to do our utmost to provide help to improve the peoples’ livelihoods in your country,” Premier Li said to Prime Minister Rajapaksa. The Chinese Premier also assured Prime Minister Rajapaksa that China will work with the Sri Lankan government to address some…

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