Sirisena To Convene Parliament On November 05 Amid Severe International Pressure To Uphold Democracy

Sirisena To Convene Parliament On November 05 Amid Severe International Pressure To Uphold Democracy After discussions with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday, President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to convene Parliament on November 05, reversing his earlier order to convene it on November 16. President Sirisena – Leader of the SLFP Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a […]

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Mahinda is politically destroyed, Ranil is not

https://lankanewsweb.net/news/special-news/34322-mahinda-is-politically-destroyed,-ranil-is-not   Did Maithripala Sirisena, who put Mahinda Rajapksa in a greater trouble, do everything for the needs of the country? Or for personal political objectives? The only thing everyone living in Sri Lanka or interested in Sri Lanka’s politics must request from the citizens of the country is to refrain from engaging in any […]

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Defiant Ranil Steps Out of “Temple Trees” Clad in Bullet-proof Vest

Defiant Ranil Steps Out of “Temple Trees” Clad in Bullet-proof Vest To Address Huge Crowds Demonstrating Against “Attempted Coup” By Maithripala and Mahinda to Retain Power Through Extra-Constutional Means Thousands of protestors yesterday Oct (30) thronged the Liberty Roundabout in an unexpectedly massive show of support for mounting calls on the Speaker of Parliament to […]

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Sri Lanka’s Tamils are at imminent risk after Rajapaksa’s return – PEARL advocacy director

Article Author:  Mario Arulthas     Writing in Al Jazeera, the Advocacy Director for the Washington DC-based People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), and a Human Rights Fellow at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, Mario Arulthas, urged the international community to take urgent action to protect Tamils in Sri Lanka […]

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UNP MPs bought by China for Mahinda

United National Parliamentarian (UNP) Ranjan Ramanayake today claimed that some UNP MPs have been bought over by China to support Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaking at the UNP rally in Colombo, Ramanayake warned China not to interfere in the political crisis by funding politicians to switch sides.  He said that the UNP Parliamentarians who switched sides for money […]

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Sri Lanka’s civil war ended nearly a decade ago, but Maithili Thamil Chilwen’s barren plot of land still resembles a battlefield.

There is only a mound of dirt where her home once stood in Keppapilavu village in the country’s northeast; the rest is just dirt, gravel, and broken shards of doors and windows from her demolished home. Sri Lanka’s military occupied thousands of hectares of land during and after the country’s bitter 26-year civil war, which […]

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Sri Lanka: Warnings of ‘bloodbath’ as political tensions rise

by Rathindra Kuruwita & Zaheena Rasheed Sacked prime minister’s party calls for protests as speaker warns of possible violence over parliament’s suspension. Colombo, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka‘s President Maithripala Sirisena has come under increased pressure to allow legislators resolve a power struggle with his sacked prime minister, amid warnings that the country’s deepening political crisis could […]

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Sirisena has become an agent of the attempted comeback of the man he replaced, Mahinda Rajapaksa

COLOMBO (NYTIMES, AFP, REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – When Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena was elected in 2015, he was given a sweeping mandate from voters to investigate accusations of war crimes and graft against his predecessor’s government and to cancel deals with China that had plunged the country into debt. Now, Mr Sirisena has become an agent of […]

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“The SLFP and the SLPP will eventually succeed in gaining parliamentary approval for their new administration in mid-November”- The Economist

By The Economist Intelligence Unit Sri Lanka is set to undergo another period of political turmoil as the country faces a constitutional crisis. The growing tensions and ideological differences within the ruling coalition between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) came to the fore on October 26th, when the president, […]

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THE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS PRESIDENT AND THE POLITY NEED TO ANSWER

by Jehan Perera The dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe following the withdrawal of the SLFP headed by President Maithripala Sirisena from the government alliance has become yet another source of instability within the polity. It has also caused international ripples with the governments of many countries publicly expressing their concerns and the UK issuing […]

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President Sirisena’s Second Coup: Reasons & Numbers

By S. I. Keethaponcalan – Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan President Maithripala Sirisena became part of yet another political coup within five years. In the first coup, he parted ways with the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to become the common candidate of the opposition parties headed by the United National Party (UNP) in 2014. His shift, then, was considered as “traitorous” by Rajapaksa […]

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Sri Lanka’s Tamils are at imminent risk after Rajapaksa’s return

On October 26, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and replaced him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This sudden challenge to Sri Lanka’s regime blindsided some political observers and members of the international community. To those for whom the political upheaval matters the most, however, it came as no surprise. Mahinda […]

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US State Department Calls On Sirisena To Convene Parliament In Consultation With Speaker

The US Department of State has called on President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene Parliament, in consultation with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, and allow representatives of the people to fulfil their responsibilities. In a statement, the Department of State said it would continue to follow developments in Sri Lanka with “great concern”. “We urge all sides to refrain from intimidation […]

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Sri Lanka: New Prime Minister Puts Rights at Grave Risk

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/10/27/sri-lanka-new-prime-minister-puts-rights-grave-risk (New York) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision on October 26, 2018, to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister has raised fears about a return to past abusive practices in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The sudden announcement to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, which he contends violates parliamentary processes and […]

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Allegedly Played Up the Issue of RAW Involvement in an Assassination Plot

Mahinda Rajapaksa Allegedly Played Up the Issue of RAW Involvement in an Assassination Plot To Increase Maithripala Sirisena’s Insecurity Leading to President Replacing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. By P.K.Balachandran It was at the request of President Maithripala Sirisena, that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa took up the Premiership of Sri Lanka on Friday, sources close to […]

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President Sirisena Prorogues Parliament Until Nov 16th for Newly Appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to Garner a Majority in Parliament

President Sirisena Prorogues Parliament Until Nov 16th for Newly Appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to Garner a Majority in Parliament Through Horse Trading; Talks on with several Tamil and Muslim MP’s and a UNP Faction Led by Ravi Karunanayake. By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered that Parliament should be prorogued with effect from […]

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UNP MP defects

State Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ajith P Perera last night claimed at Temple Trees that the UNP had received assurances from the TNA, SLMC, ACMC and Mano Ganeshan’s party. UNP MP Ananda Aluthgamage last declared from Wijerama residence that there were many UNP MPs ready to back President Sirisena and PM Rajapaksa. Elected from […]

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