THE OPPOSITION’S GROUP OF 40: CONFUSION & CLARITY

DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA The Opposition has a very significant new grouping of veteran politicians. It is a breakaway from the Government and has four components: the SLFP led by ex-President Sirisena; 10 or 11 smaller parties of partners and allies; SLFPers who are not led by him and are leaning towards ex-President CBK; and a grouping from the SLPP (Pohottuwa). This grouping is the most significant variable in Parliament today. This is so because of two reasons: (a) It has shrunk the regime’s parliamentary numbers and political base, and (b)…

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Sri Lanka in Lee Kuan Yew’s words

He calls Ranasingha Premadasa, who succeeded him a ‘Sinhala Chauvinist’ [1, p 465] and considers the latter’s decision to remove Indian Soldiers brought down during the Jayawardena government to fight the civil war as insensible [ibid]. He did not have a positive attitude towards Ranasinghe Premadasa. A few years before his death in an interview he had given to the American journalist Tom Plate he gives his views on the former President and the incumbent Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as follows: “He thinks he has finished the war, I have…

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