3 Judge Bench Comprising Chief Justice Perera and Justices Prasanna and Priyantha Jayawardana in Landmark Ruling Issues Stay Order Until December 7th on President Sirisena’s Gazette Dissolving Parliament .

By Chathuri Dissanayake Emotions ran high as the three-judge bench ofthe Supreme Court yesterday delivered a landmark decision, issuing a stay order on the gazette dissolving Parliament issued by President Maithripala Sirisena until 7 December. The decision, delivered at around 5.45p.m. in the evening after a gruelling 45 minutes of uncertainty, was heard in pin-drop …

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“Some may find it hard to believe that ‘I’ stand here without a political bias or favouritism or a secret strategic personal agenda” – Chief Justice Nalin Perera

(Speech of His Lordship The Chief Justice H. N. J. Perera at the Ceremonial Sitting held on October 22, 2018) It is with humble gratitude that I receive the warm welcome, kind sentiments and expressions of confidence that you have expressed in this august assembly today. I wish to approach this great honour with a …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena to Form New Alliance Named ” Podujana Nidhahas Peramuna” to Contest Elections Scheduled for Jan 5th 2019.

President Maithripala Sirisena and newly-appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa have arrived at an understanding to contest the Parliamentary election as a common alliance under the name “Nidahas Podujana Peramuna.” The discussion between the two leaders had taken place last night, a day after Rajapaksa and a host MPs relinquished their SLFP membership and joined the …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to Convene Parliament at 10 am On Wednesday Nov 14th Preceded by Party Leaders Meeting at 8.30 am In the Parliamentary Complex.

Sri Lanka’s Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya has asked members to convene to determine the legitimacy of a government and asked the public and officials to abide by the decisions of court and parliament after courts suspended a sacking of the Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena. “After several days of political uncertainty, the public can take pride …

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Prominent Buddhist Monk Organizations “National Bhikku Forum ” and ” Pevidi Handa” Want President Sirisena To Hold a Referendum to Obtain the Peoples Will Over Parliament Dissolution Issue.

Two prominent Bhikkhu organisations yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to hold a referendum immediately to let the people decide whether they approved of the dissolution of Parliament. Addressing a press conference organized by the Pevidi Handa in Colombo, Ven. Murutththettuwe Ananda Thera said that there were sinister forces in overdrive to deprive the people of …

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Nimal Siripala de Silva Says Request Will be Made to Appoint a Full Bench of 9 to 11 Supreme Court Judges To Determine Final Ruling on Fundamental Rights Petition Cases.

By Lahiru Pothmulla The government yesterday maintained that the Supreme Court’s interim order does not mean that the dissolution of parliament has been cancelled and said that it would request for a full-judge bench to hear the case. Addressing a hurriedly called news briefing last night at the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister Nimal Siripala de …

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President Sirisena’s Gazette Notification Has Not Been Abolished,Withdrawn or Invalidated by the Supreme Court that has Only Suspended Its Operation Until Dec 7th Points out Nimal Siripala de Silva.

By Charumini de Silva Supporters of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday insisted that the stay order issued by the Supreme Court had not cancelled the dissolution of Parliament and they would decide whether to attend Parliament after a meeting this morning. Mahajana Eksath Peramuna leader Dinesh Gunawardena told reporters that the Supreme Court order was …

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Attorney -General Jayantha Jayasuriya Tells Supreme Court the Executive Presidency is in Force now and That the President Could Exercise his Executive Powers to Prorogue,Dissolve or Summon Parliament

By Chitra Weerarathne The Supreme Court yesterday issued an interim order suspending, till Dec. 07, President Maithripala Sirisena’s gazette notification dissolving Parliament and calling a general electioni and granted leave to proceed with all the fundamental rights violation petitions filed against the recent dissolution of Parliament. At the outset Attorney General, Jayantha Jayasuriya President’s Counsel …

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Supreme Court Issues “Historically Important” Interim Order Restraining President Sirisena From Dissolving Parliament and Hoding Elections:Ranil May be Able Re-Claim Prime Minister Post?

By Dharisha Bastians and Jeffrey Gettleman Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the president from dissolving Parliament, raising the possibility that the former prime minister could reclaim the post after weeks of unnerving political drama. Sri Lanka has been in crisis since late last month, when President Maithripala Sirisena abruptly fired Prime Minister Ranil …

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“President Cannot Act as if he was Like Alice in Wonderland” – Counsel States in Landmark Fundamental Rights Petition Case Regarding Parliament Dissolution and Elections Being Heard by 3 Judge Bench of Supreme Court

By Hafeel Farisz Negating every argument to the contrary put forward for the dissolution of Parliament, the Supreme Court heard yesterday that the President could not act like he was “Alice in Wonderland” and had to abide by the provisions of the Constitution when exercising the powers vested in the Executive. Ten Petitioners submitted to …

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Attorney -General Request for More Time Until At Least Wednesday in 11 FR Petitions Against Parliament Dissolution Case is Denied by Supreme Court Due to Urgency of Situation; A-G Directed To Make Presentations on Tuesday 10 am

Civil society members, activists, and politicians alike sought the intervention of the Supreme Court as their last refuge yesterday, filing 11 fundamental rights petitions claiming President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament was unconstitutional. In an unprecedented move, one of the three members of the Election Commission, Dr. Ratnajeevan Hoole, was also among those who …

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“Ratharang” Rohitha Abeygunawardena Wants to Evict Ranil Wickremesinghe From “Temple Trees” by Resorting to Legal Action Under the Public Property Act.

By Nuwan Senarathna Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday said legal action would be taken against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe under Public Property Act for occupying Temple Trees after the dissolution of Parliament. Wickremesinghe continuing to remain at his Official Residence even after the dissolution was gazetted is unlawful, charged SLPP member Rohitha Abeygunawardena, and …

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Envoys of Britain, Netherlands, Norway, France, Australia, South Africa, Italy, and Canada Keep Away From Meeting Convened by Dr.Sarath Amunugama to Explain Current Political Situation.

REUTERS: Eight Western countries stayed away from a meeting with Sri Lanka’s Government on Monday to register their protest against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament, diplomatic and government sources said. Sri Lanka has been in political turmoil since Sirisena fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month and appointed a pro-China former president, Mahinda …

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“We will not allow the precious freedoms that we fought so hard to secure to be stolen from us”- Ranil Wickremesinghe Issues Statement Pledging to Protect Democracy.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday pledged to build a broad coalition against what he described as a return to authoritarianism and to continue the battle to restore democracy, transparency and institutional independence in Sri Lanka. Releasing a statement in response to the national address made by President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday, Wickremesinghe insisted the United …

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Depleted Sri Lanka Freedom Party to Form Broad Coalition with Sri Lanka Podujana Party After Losing Cream of Parliamentary Members to the “Pohottuwa” Party.

By Uditha Jayasinghe The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) remained unperturbed by the spate of members leaving its ranks to join the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday, insisting that its main goal was winning a Parliamentary majority in the likely event of elections. Over the weekend, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, together with his son …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Hits Out at Elections Commission Member Ratnajeevan Hoole For Submitting a Fundamental Rights Petition in the Supreme Court Against the Holding of Elections Calling It “Unethical”,

By Norman Palihawadana and Rathindra Kuruwita For the first time in world history a Commissioner in charge of facilitating elections had gone to the Supreme Court to prevent elections, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told The Island yesterday commenting on Ratnajeevan Hoole, a member of the Elections Commission, challenging in courts the President’s decision to dissolve …

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“President Sirisena Should Know the Amounts Paid to MP’s for Crossing Over Because he Bought Several MP’s from the UNP and TNA ” -Ranil Hits Back strongly Against Maithripala.

President Maithripala Sirisena should know well the amounts MPs got for crossing over because he had bought several UNP and TNA MPs, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday issuing a statement. “Because of this horse trading the public faith in MPs has hit an all-time low. It is very unfortunate.”

Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice Priyantha Jayawardena Commence Hearing 12 F.R. Petitions Challenging Early Dissolution of Parliament and Holding of Elections; Proceedings To Continue Tomorrow as Attorney – General Required More Time

Sri Lanka’s main political parties, on Monday November 12th 2018 filed legal challenges in the island’s Supreme Court, against the early dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena. The petitioners said President Sirisena had no powers to dissolve the Parliament under the 19th amendment of the constitution and requested the Supreme Court to issue an …

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Election Commission Member Ratnajeevan Hoole Files 5 Page Petition in Supreme Court Seeking the Quashing of President Sirisena’s Gazetted Order Dissolving Parliament and Holding Elections.

A member of the three-man independent Election Commission joined a dozen petitioners asking the Supreme Court to declare as illegal the actions of President Maithripala Sirisena against parliament. Ratnajeevan Hoole filed a five-page petition seeking the quashing of the president’s decree sacking parliament and calling a snap election on January 5.

If the President Feels his Relationship With The Prime Minister is a “Bad Marriage” The Answer is Not to Burn The House Down With The Children In It.

By Radhika Coomaraswamy For the most part of the last few weeks we have been in a suspended state of disbelief. Yes, the 2015 government had not lived up to its expectations, some people were plotting for the next election to teach them a lesson, and then lightning struck. The Prime Minister was removed in …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Renounces Membership of Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) Co-founded by His Father DA Rajapaksa and Becomes ‘De Jure’ Member of SLPP the Party of which he is Already ‘De -Facto’ Leader.

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa Sunday renounced his membership in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and joined the newly formed SLPP ahead of a court challenge to his controversial appointment as prime minister. Rajapaksa, 72, followed his legislator son Namal in joining the Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Podujana (SLPP) which emerged the largest single party …

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Maithripala Led SLFP Left in the Lurch as Mahinda Leads Over 40 UPFA Ex-MP’s of “Purportedly Dissolved Parliament” to Become Official Members of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna(SLPP) Ahead of Prospective Elections.

By Shamindra Ferdinando About 40 former UPFA MPs, including former Kurunegala District MP and Prime Minister of the caretaker cabinet Mahinda Rajapaksa received membership of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday as the party consolidated its position ahead of Nov 19-26 nominations for the January 5 parliamentary polls. Former Kalutara District MP Rohitha Abeygunawardena …

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Sirisena May go down in history as the man who virtually singlehandedly jeopardized nearly one century of democratic governance.

By Professor S W R de A Samarasinghe President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Sri Lanka’s parliament on November 9, 2018. Media reports suggest that he disregarded the opinion of the Attorney General who had pointed that it was a violation of the Constitution. This event is organically connected to the sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe …

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President Sirisena in Special Statement Says He Dissolved Parliament ” not to allow those 225 members in the Parliament to fight each other and allow that to develop into a street fights in every part of the country”.

(Text of The Special statement delivered by President Maithripala Sirisena on November 11, 2018) This is the third occasion in 14 days I am addressing you to explain recent developments. First, on October 26 I explained my views to you after appointing Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister. Then, at the meeting held at Ape …

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What our country so desperately needs right now is for all its people to rise collectively but peacefully for a Common Cause – TO SAVE OUR SRI LANKA!

By Sharmini Serasinghe “United we stand, divided we fall”– Aesop I am sick, tired and bloody fed up of reading and listening to pessimistic tales of woe on the unprecedented crisis we and our country are facing at this dark moment in time. I am also fed up to the back teeth with reading and …

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Dissolution of Parliament was by far the best Solution to be had under Present Circumstances to Preserve Sri Lankan Democracy

By Rajpal Abeynayake When Parliament was dissolved with effect from midnight on Friday November 9, the people were given the opportunity to revert to the status quo ante, predating 8 January 2015. On the face of it, this statement may sound curious to some, and perhaps a trifle unclear to others. But yet, most Sri …

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It is the Nation’s Hope (Against Hope)That the Judiciary Will Solemnly Fulfill Its Role of Being the Protector of the Constitution.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene As the core of Sri Lanka’s Democratic Socialist Republic implodes in multiple critical ways today, it cannot be said that we were not forewarned. For not only President Maithripala Sirisena but also each and every one of us must abide by a fundamental truth underlying the legal order. The Constitution cannot …

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By Attempting to Bring Mahinda Back to Power, Sirisena is Trying to Obliterate a Decade of Crimes Under the Rajapaksa Regime?

By Gamini Weerakoon The often cited quote of a former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: ‘Lies, damn lies and statistics’ kept coming to our minds during the past two weeks when ‘truth’ became a casualty in this pious isle, where a great many take vows to abide by the Fourth Precept of the Panchaseela — …

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Speaker of “Illegally Dissolved” Parliament Karu Jayasuriya Calls Upon Public Servants ” to Refuse to Execute Illegal Orders They May Receive No Matter From Whom”.

The Speaker of Sri Lanka’s controversially dissolved parliament has asked citizens and public officials to defend the constitution and warned that the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens are at risk “As the custodian of Parliament, I have watched over the last two weeks as the executive Branch has seized the rights and usurped the …

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Sri Lanka Parliament Dissolution: Is President Sirisena’s Action Legally tenable?

By Meera Srinivasan From the time President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26, till he dissolved parliament exactly two weeks later, doubts about the constitutional validity of his moves have been a recurring theme. The dissolution of the House in particular, shortly after Mr. Sirisena’s party declared it lacked numbers for a majority, …

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No one lying politician should have the power to appoint or remove another lying politician unilaterally.

By Gehan Gunatilleke Let me apologise to building managers in advance. Imagine entrusting a building to a manager who is dishonest. To one’s horror, one discovers dishonesty is not a problem confined to one particular building manager, but an affliction common to all building managers. There is a serious dilemma. The building needs managing, and …

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In the Mahinda-Maithripala “Cat and Mouse” Alliance The Question is Not Whether Rajapaksa Will Topple Sirisena But When!

By Tisaranee Gunasekara A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse and has said so much to her about the great love and friendship she felt for her, that at length the mouse agreed that they should live and keep house together.” – Brothers Grimm (Cat and Mouse in Partnership) Some words are …

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Why we Need to keep on Protesting Because we Need to Care About the Things That are Dear to us

By Anura Gunasekera Over the last couple of decades, particularly after Mahinda Rajapaksa first became president in, I have written intermittently in various daily and weekly papers, on matters of political interest or significance. At the outset I must declare firmly that I am not a political writer per se or a professional journalist in …

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If the President can Dissolve Parliament at any Time at Will is Correct, then Parliament can be Dissolved by the President Just one day After the new Parliament Meets

By Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne There is speculation that Parliament will be dissolved. Arguments have been made for and against the right of the President to dissolve Parliament at will, at any time. It is a golden rule that in interpreting a Constitution, the Constitution as a whole must be looked at, not at just one …

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How Will the Voting Public That Has Been Complaining about Long Delays in Holding Elections React to Political Parties Going to Courts Seeking a Declaration that Parliamentaty Elections are Illegal?

by C.A. Chandraprema The President unexpectedly dissolved Parliament on Friday night. The proclamation dissolving Parliament states that it was done by virtue of the powers vested in the President by Article 33(2)(c) of the Constitution and Article 70(5) which should be read with Article 62(2). What Article 33(2)(c) – which was a new provision introduced …

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“We are Going to the Supreme Court First Thing in the Morning on Monday November 12” Says TNA Lawyer -Politico MA Sumanthiran as Sri Lanka’s Opposition Parties Resolve to Challenge Dissolution of Parliament.

Sri Lanka’s opposition parties are to challenge in the Supreme Court on Monday, the dissolution of the country’s parliament, which was announced late on Friday by President Maithripala Sirisena. “We are going to the Supreme Court first thing in the morning on Monday, November 12,” said M.A.Sumanthiran, opposition Member of Parliament, who is also a …

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Maithripala Sirisena Dissolves Parliament in an act of Political Desperation After It Became Evident He had No Majority in the House.

By Chathuri Dissanayake and Uditha Jayasinghe In an act that smacked of political desperation after it became evident his party may not be able to show majority in the House, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday dissolved Parliament with elections likely to be held on 5 January. The Gazette, which was sent by the Attorney General’s Department …

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President Sirisena Dissolved Parliament Because the Govt he Installed Under Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM was Unable to Obtain the Support of 113 MP’s in a Pariament of 225.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday dissolved the country’s parliament on account of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government’s inability to face a No Confidence Motion which was due to be taken up after the reconvening of parliament on November 14. The Rajapaksa government had been installed by President Sirisena on October 26 after sacking Prime …

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Sirisena Violates Constitution Again By Gazetting Dissolution of Parliament in Breach of 19th Amendment Forbidding it Before Four and a Half Years is Completed.

By K. Ratnayake Yesterday Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena blatantly violated the country’s constitution and dissolved parliament almost two years before its term officially ends. According to the gazette notification issued last night, new elections will be held on January 5 and the new parliament convened on January 17. Sirisena’s anti-democratic actions came just two …

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President Sirisena’s Gazette Proclamation Dissolving Parliament Will be Challenged in Courts by UNP Says Mangala Samaraweera.

By Meera Srinivasan Avoiding a resolution to Sri Lanka’s political crisis through Parliament, President Maithripala Sirisena late on Friday dissolved the House. The move came just hours after his political front admitted to lacking the majority needed for its controversially installed Prime Minister to be declared legitimate. Issuing an extraordinary gazette, Mr. Sirisena dismissed the …

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Sri Lankan President Sirisena Dissolves Parliament and Calls For Elections in January in a Move Described as “Illegal”by Critics.

By Dharisha Bastians and Vindu Goel The president of Sri Lanka dissolved the country’s Parliament on Friday night and called for elections in January to choose new lawmakers, a move that critics said was illegal, and that deepened a two-week-old constitutional crisis over who is the legitimate prime minister of the island nation. The move …

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The Sri Lankan Economy is now in Acute Crisis, Leaving the Sirisena-Rajapakse Government with no Room to Manoeuvre.

By Saman Gunadasa Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, installed in a political coup on October 26, has also appropriated the post of finance and economic affairs minister. Last week, in a bid to deflect the opposition of working people, he announced cosmetic measures to ease the economic and social crisis facing workers, peasants and the poor. …

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“Those Who Caused a Crisis by Violating the Constitution Are Now Discussing About Solutions to the Crisis by More Violations of the Constitution “-Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda.

Sounding a dire warning, veteran political scientist Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda yesterday severely criticised what he termed as an open and ongoing violation of the Constitution, which could plunge the country into anarchy, unless there was moral intervention by the public and community leaders. Delivering the commemorative oration at the ceremony held to mark the third …

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Traffic Chaos in Colombo Ranil Wickremesinghe Supporters Proceed in Cavalcade of Motor Cycles,Three-wheelers,Cars &Vans to Independence Square Protest Rally Demanding Re-convening of Parliament.

A rally of hundreds of cars carrying supporters of Sri Lanka’s deposed Prime Minister brought chaos to Colombo streets on Thursday as they demanded that Parliament be reopened. A noisy cavalcade of motorcycles, auto-rickshaws, cars and vans took loyalists of ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to a rally to hear speeches slamming the President for …

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Former Civil Servant and Academic Dr.Devanesan Nesiah Announces Return of “Deshamanya” medal and Certificate Awarded by President in 2017 In Protest Against Maithripala Sirisena Flouting Democracy.

The following is the text of an open letter sent in by Dr. Devanesan Nesiah, a retired civil servant who has who has served the country since 1959. In 2017, he was awarded with the National Honours by President Sirisena. 7 November 2018 His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President, Sri Lanka. Your Excellency, I write as …

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SB Dissanayake Admits he Offered UNP MP Palitha Range Bandara 200 Million Rupees and Cabinet Minister Portfolio and Says Making Such Offers are not Bribes.

By Sandun A Jyasekera Minister S.B.Dissanayake today admitted that the UPFA had only the support of 105 MPs at the moment but said they were ready to show 116 on the 14th, the day Parliament reconvenes after prorogation. Addressing a news briefing, Minister Dissanayake said he was in contact with a number of Parliamentarians of …

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Arjuna Ranatunga Shows 15 Minute News Clip at Press Conference and Alleges Powerful UPFA Politico was Behind the Mob Attack on His Life at the Petroleum Corporation Head Office in Dematagoda.

By Harischandra Gunaratna Former Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Minister Arjuna Ranatunga yesterday called upon the police to conduct an impartial probe and apprehend those responsible for mayhem at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Head Office at Dematagoda on 28 Oct. Two persons were shot by one of Ranatunga’s security guards and one of them succumbed to …

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“We Believe the Present Crisis is an Attempt by the Executive to Actively and Deliberately Undermine the Constitution of Sri Lanka” – Lawyers for Democracy

(A Short Brief on the Present Constitutional Crisis in Sri Lanka Whether the Speaker can convene Parliament by Lawyers for Democracy) Since the commencement of the constitutional crisis on 26th October 2018, the Speaker has made several public statements on the need to reconvene Parliament. His most recent statement issued on 5th November reiterates this …

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President Sirisena May Opt to Conduct a Referendum to Enable Dissolution of Parliament if Mahinda Rajapaksa Is Unable To Gain Majority Support Among Present Crop of MP’s.

By Kelum Bandara The political equation is constantly changing these days making it difficult for anyone to conclude which side would emerge with the required parliamentary majority to form a stable administration by the time Parliament meets on November 14. The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by President Maithripala Sirisena was scoring high in …

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Will President Sirisena Carry Out His Threat Of Resigning within an Hour if Ranil Wickremesinghe Wins the Vote of Confidence in Parliament and is Affirmed as Prime Minister?

By P.K.Balachandran The on-going power struggle in Sri Lanka between two powerful groups, one led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa; and the other led by ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe; has been keeping the 21 million citizens of the island nation on the edge since October 26. It was on October …

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Wickremesinghe Willing To Work With Sirisena Again: “I’ll have no problem working with him, that’s a question you must ask him” Ranil Tells “The Hindu”.

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is willing to work with President Maithripala Sirisena, who abruptly sacked him on October 26, if given a chance to prove his majority in Parliament. Caught in an unprecedented power struggle, Mr. Wickremesinghe is trying to claim legitimacy as the country’s premier, after Mr. …

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Kumar Welgama Hits Out at President saying Sirisena Has Made Sri Lanka the Butt End Of Jokes Around The world and warns the Country is Going Down the Precipice.

Former president Mahinda Rajapakse’s Party fired the first salvo against President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday saying his move had crippled the country and demanded that parliament be summoned immediately. Kumar Welgama, a former minister in Rajapaksa’s cabinet, said Sirisena had made Sri Lanka the butt-end of jokes around the world and the issue of the …

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Will Allow Suspension of Standing Orders to Enable Vote To Determine Whether Purported Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Has A Majority When Parliament Re-convenes.

Parliamentary Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced Wednesday that he will allow a vote on the floor of the House to end a bitter power struggle and a constitutional that have crippled the country for nearly two weeks. Jayasuriya’ said he will go along with the wishes of 116 legislators who wanted him to take up the …

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UNP Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra’s Threatened Through Telephone call to Aunt That Her Political Career Would be Destroyed If She Did not Accept a Ministerial Portfolio .

By Yohan Perera UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra today alleged that a person had called her aunt, who was residing abroad and had threatened to put an end to her political career if she failed to accept a Ministerial portfolio. Ms Premachnadra told a media briefing that her aunt had told the caller that she would …

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TNA Defector Viyalendran MP who Joined Govt on Request Made By President Maithripala Sirisena says “This does not mean I support Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa”

By Lahiru Pothmulla United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe failed to serve the Tamil people though the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) stood by him for more than three years, Deputy Minister of Regional Development (Eastern) S. Viyalendiran said today. Addressing a media briefing held at the Prime Minister’s Office, he said the North and …

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Tamil National Alliance Explains to President Sirisena the Reasons For Decisions Taken by the TNA and That They would Stand by Those Decisions Which are Irreversible.

(Text of a press release issued by the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) spokesperson M. A. Sumanthiran MP on November 7th 2018) A delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) comprising of Mr. R. Sampanthan Leader of the TNA, Mr. Selvam Adaikkalanathan MP, Mr. D. Siddaarthan MP, Mr. M.A.Sumanthiran MP, on the invitation of His Excellencey the …

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Newly Appointed Deputy Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Resigns Post, Supports Ranil Wickremesinghe As Prime Minister and Flies Off To Singapore Without Attending Press Conference Called By UNP.

By Chathuri Dissanayake In a fresh turn in the maze that is the country’s current political crisis, the United National Party (UNP) yesterday made fresh claims over Manusha Nanayakkara’s support, as the ministers of the Cabinet which existed before 26 October 2018 hurried to reclaim office. Nanayakkara is said to have resigned from his new …

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Western Diplomats Behaviour in Sri Lanka is a Clear Violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations Adopted in 1961

By Dr. Kalinga Seneviratne On the night of October 26, most Sri Lankans were taken by surprise when President Maithripala Sirisena named his former leader and later political foe Mahinda Rajapakse as Prime Minister. Within minutes, celebratory firecrackers were lit across the country, as Rajapakse is still widely popular, especially among the Sinhalese majority, for …

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An Explanation – in -Brief of the Political Crisis in Sri Lanka By the South Asian Magazine “Himal”,

Sri Lanka faces an unprecedented constitutional and political crisis following President Maithripala Sirisena’s move to dismiss Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his stead on 26 October 2018, which has been challenged by Wickremesinghe as being illegal. What explains these sudden political developments, which unseated the political party that had …

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Dinesh Gunawardena “Assumes Charge” of Leader of the House Office By Force With Connivance of Seargeant -at – arms alleges Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella.

By Meera Srinivasan In his first public confrontation yet with President Maithripala Sirisena since the dramatic events of October 26, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on Monday indicated that he would not accept former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister until his majority is proven in parliament. Citing the opinion of a majority of lawmakers that the …

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UNP Crossover Manusha Nanayakkara Who was Appointed Deputy -Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Resigns “New” Portfolio Saying he will Accept Ranil Wickremesinghe as Legitimate Prime Minister in Accordance With Speaker’s Statement.

Labour and Foreign Employment Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara has resigned from his portfolio. Nanayakkara is expected to support UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Nanayakkara was first elected to Parliament on the UNP ticket but later chose to support former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In a strongly worded letter of resignation, Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara informed President Maithripala …

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“If I am to follow the verbal assurance given by the President, it is my duty as Speaker to summon Parliament by 7th November and restore stability in the country” -Karu Jayasuriya

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday said he would have to continue with the previous status in Parliament until a different clear majority was shown in Parliament. A majority of the MPs had requested him to accept the previous composition, he said. The Speaker said in a statement that MPs had pointed out that the recent changes …

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Mahinda Says Maithripala Removing Sitting Prime Minister Ranil and Appointing Him was a “Serious and Grave” Decision Which He Would not have Taken if he were the President.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, following his controversial accession to premiership, hailed the opportunity to share the same political platform with President Maithripala Sirisena, who appointed him to the position after four years of rivalries which began in 2014. “Our separation was temporary,” Rajapaksa claimed amidst cheers of his supporters at the “Ratama Rakina Jana Mahimaya” …

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Maithripala and Mahinda Address ‘Ratama Rakina Jana Mahimaya’ Together at Battaramulla Expressing “Happines” After a “Brief Animosity” of Four Years.

By Chathuri Dissanayake and Nuwan Senaratne President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday stood by his Prime Minister, insisting that he had the 113 MPs needed to hold Parliament and defended the move as a last ditch effort coming after he had offered the position to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and UNP MP Sajith Premadasa. Thousands of supporters flocked …

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President Sirisena Says He Offered to Make Karu Jayasuriya or Sajith Premadasa the Prime Minister Instead of Ranil but Because Both Refused he Had to Appoint Mahinda as PM.

By Lahiru Pothmulla President Maithripala Sirisena said today that he offered the premiership to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya first and then to UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa before considering former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the post of Prime Minister. Addressing a public rally named ‘Rata Surakina Jana Mahimaya’, he said the UNP MPs who met him …

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MP’s Palitha Thewarepperuma and Hesha Vithana Arrested On Complaint Made by “Mawbima Wenuwen Ranawiruwo” Convenor Ajith Prasanna That He Was Assaulted by the Two UNP Parliamentarians Outside “Temple Trees”.

By Darshana Sanjeewa UNP MPs Palitha Thewarapperuma and Hesha Vithana had been arrested after they surrendered to the Kollupitiya Police Station this morning over an alleged attack on Major (Rtd) Ajith Prasanna, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Issues Statement Recognizing the “Status Quo” That Existed Before Oct 26th Until a Majority is Proved by a “New” Group.

Sri Lanka’s Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has said that he is recognizing the status quo before the political crisis that was triggered on October 26, until a majority is prove by a new group. He said a majority of members had pointed out to him that recent events were unconstitutional and against the traditions of the …

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Maithripala Sirisena Within the Space Three and a half years Has Pulled Off Two Dramatic Political Reversals in the Country’s Electoral History

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya Maithripala Sirisena is not exactly a type of politician described as ‘charismatic’ or ‘revolutionary.’ But in the space of three and a half years he has pulled off two dramatic political reversals in the country’s electoral history. The first was in 2014 ,when he broke ranks with the ruling UPFA coalition to …

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President Sirisena seems to think that political corruption is a legitimate weapon as long as he uses it.

By Jayadeva Uyangoda “My country has been betrayed again” –Pablo Neruda, Memoirs In his explanation of why he removed Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe from the office of Prime Minister, President Maithripala Sirisena cited policy and personal differences between the two. An analysis of his speech shows that personal reasons are stronger than policy reasons and the …

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Issue Before Sri Lanka is the Constitutional Impropriety of President Sirisena’s Actions and Not Sympathy for the United National Party.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Continuing his swift disastrous strike last Friday, President Maithripala Sirisena has taken a familiar problem of public fury with an inept and malfunctioning Government to a perilously extra-constitutional trajectory, prompting deep revulsion on the part of even those strongly critical of many follies of the United National Party (UNP). Repercussions of …

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Both Presidents Chandrika in 2004 and Maithripala in 2018 Removing the Same Prime Minister Shows the Fault is With Ranil Wickremesinghe?

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka 1. Can you think of two personalities more contrasting than Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Maithripala Sirisena? 2. But as President, they both did the same thing to the same Prime Minister—in 2003/4 and 2018! 3. Basic logic teaches us that when two different factors behave in the same way towards the same …

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It is Hard to See How President Sirisena Can Emerge With Any Personal or Political Credibility From This Crisis Even if He Trumps The Technicalities

By Namini Wijedasa On the afternoon of October 26, parliamentarians from President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) gathered at his official residence. They did not know the meeting would be a precursor to one of the most tangled constitutional debates in the country’s history. Sirisena told them he was forming a new administration. …

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What I Owed My Mother Above All Else Was The Introduction To Jesus.

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka [Lakshmi Sylvia de Silva—Birth anniversary November 5th] For historical, cultural and civilizational reasons, the Kremlin means much more to the Russian people, but to those of us from the global South, it has been a center of a special kind of power, a power that balances the world, a center of power …

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Namal Rajapaksa Reveals in NDTV Interview That President Sirisena had Been Talking to his Father for about 4 or 5 Months Before Swearing in Mahinda as Prime Minister.

Less than a week after what was seen as an abrupt move by the President to replace the Prime Minister, Namal Rajapaksa, the son of the newly sworn-in Prime Minister, said that his father and the President had been in talks for around “four to five months”. On 26 October, President Maithripala Sirisena fired the …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Goes to “Temple Trees” for Private Meeting With Ranil Wickremesinghe Following Invitation By UNP Leader.

A sudden hush-hush meeting between ousted Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Thursday was the cause of wild speculation, but officials said the discussion was aimed at a peaceful resolution to the constitutional deadlock. Spokesman for the former Defence Secretary Milinda Rajapaksha said that the meeting had lasted …

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“We thought we were getting a Mandela as president. Instead we got a Mugabe.” – Ex-Minister’s Comment About President Sirisena.

FIRST TO GO was the navy honour guard, in crisp uniforms with brass buttons. Then the maintenance staff departed, followed by the cooks and gardeners and cleaners. The next day no drivers showed up, marooning a fleet of fancy cars in the compound’s garage. By the third day all but a token ten out of …

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118 of 225 MP’s Meet Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in Parliament Committee Room and Submit Resolution Refusing to Accept President Sirisena’s Appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister .

By Dharisha Bastians and Jeffrey Gettleman Sri Lanka’s politics plunged into deeper turmoil on Friday when a majority of the country’s parliamentarians refused to recognize the appointment of the new prime minister amid rising tensions and accusations of millions of dollars in bribes. Last week, President Maithripala Sirisena unexpectedly fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, accusing …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Confirms in NDTV Interview that President Sirisena Had Insinuated at a Heated Cabinet Meeting. About an Indian Spy Agency Plotting his Assassinastion .

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday confirmed that President Maithripala Sirisena had in fact insinuated that an Indian spy agency was involved in plotting his assassination at a heated Cabinet meeting two weeks ago. Details of the explosive Cabinet meeting made local and international headlines, but President Sirisena and members of the Government staunchly denied the …

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Parliament Wont be Dissolved Even if the Vote on Account was Defeated in Voting Saus Nimal Siripala de Silva.

By Aruna Bogahawatte Parliament would not be dissolved even if the Opposition defeated the government’s vote on account to be presented shortly, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said, yesterday. Addressing a media conference, at the SLFP headquarters in Colombo, the Minister said that the Opposition would not be able to muster …

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Pressure Mounts on Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to Re-Convene Parliament Immediately With or Without President Sirisena’s Sanction.

By Chathuri Dissanayake With President Sirisena remaining non-committal on reconvening Parliament before 16 November despite assurances given, the constitutional crisis, now in its eighth day, remains in deadlock in spite of repeated requests to immediately call the House to session. The United National Party (UNP) yesterday made a great show of numbers at the Party …

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Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella Hands Over No Confidence Motion Against Purported Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Appointed on Oct 26 and Purported Govt to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella informed the Speaker in writing that the Parliament has no confidence in the newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa or the subsequent appointments. The letter said “No-Confidence in the purported Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa or the purported Government appointed on or after 26 October”. The Speaker has promised to …

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Sirisena -Rajapaksa “Govt -in -Formation” Announces a Series of Relief Measures to Including the Reduction of Selected Essential Items to Ease the High Cost of Living

Noting that the Maha cultivation season had begun under favourable weather conditions throughout the country and the economy was about to gain an impetus with all hydro reservoirs reaching full storage capacity, the government yesterday announced a series of relief measures to ease the high cost of living by reducing prices of selected essential commodities …

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“Purawesi Balaya” Co-convenor Gamini Viyangoda Alleges That the “Illegally Constituted Sirisena-Rajapaksa Govt Wants ti Sabotage Investigations Into Several High Profile Accountability and Mega-Corruption Cases.

By Shamindra Ferdinando Purawesi Balaya co-convenor Gamini Viyangoda alleges that what he calls the illegally constituted Sirisena-Rajapaksa government wants to sabotage investigations into several high profile accountability and mega corruption cases. Dismissing President Maithripala Sirisena’s claims that he had invited his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to take over premiership due to alleged conspiracy targeting him, Viyangoda …

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Purported Removal of Wickremesinghe and Purported Appointment of Rajapaksa as PM are Both Unconstitutional and all Subsequent Steps Taken are “Void Ab Initio”- Dr.Jayampathy Wickramaratne

Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne has issued the following summary of his statement at a recent media briefing on the current crisis: A constitutional crisis has been precipitated with President Sirisena purporting to remove Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and purporting to appoint Mahinda Rajapakse MP as Prime Minister on 26 October 2018. Before the Nineteenth Amendment to …

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With Their Understanding of Political Power Being Different,Will There be a Fresh Power Struggle Between the “old” President Sirisena and his Newly Appointed Prime Minister Rajapaksa?

By Jayadeva Uyangoda A major point of great significance being debated in Sri Lanka these days is the validity of the actions of Sri Lanka’s president to sack his prime minister and swear in a replacement. President has claimed a few times that his actions are entirely in accordance with the constitution. He has also …

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Sri Lanka’s parliament is like a veritable auction house where elected MPs can be purchased by the highest bidder

By Sasanka Perera When President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe on 26th October 2018, and prorogued Parliament until 16th November, he injected new meaning to Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority’s global sales pitch, ‘a land like no other.’ Indeed, in what land other than Lanka would a sitting Prime Minister be sacked without …

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Two Cabinet Ministers, Five State Ministers and Six Deputy Ministers From the SLFP/UPFA Sworn in by President Sirisena.

Thirteen cabinet ministers, State ministers and Deputy were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today November 1st 2018. The Breakdown is as follows – CABINET MINISTERS: Duminda Dissanayake sworn in as Minister of Irrigation, Water Resources and Disaster Management Dayasiri Jayasekara sworn in as Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training …

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If Vote on Account To be Presented by Mahinda Rajapaksa When Parliament Re-convenes Is Defeated in a Vote,then President Sirisena Will Dissolve Parliament and Hold New Elections.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa have decided to go for a Vote on Account and not a vote of Confidence in their government when parliament meets later this month. If the government wins the Vote on Account it means that the Rajapaksa government has enough support in parliament and that …

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President Sirisena Will Re-convene Parliament on Nov 5th and not on Nov 16th but Speaker Will Allocate Prime Minister Seat to Mahinda Rajapaksa Gazetted as PM.

By Meera Srinivasan In the face of growing calls to end week-long political impasse in the country, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has reconvened Parliament on November 5. “Parliament will reconvene on Monday,” a top official at the President’s office told The Hindu on Thursday morning, confirming Mr. Sirisena’s decision to partially revoke his order …

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What is the Real Reason Behind Reduction of Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Security Detail From 1000 to 10?

By C. A. Chandraprema In the middle of the sensational events of the past few days, the sacking of one prime minister and the appointment of another, the multiple press conferences being held by the rival camps, the shooting incident at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, the petroleum strike, and the crossovers and counter crossovers taking …

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President Sirisena Tells Four Ambassadors Including New US Envoy Alaina Teplitz That Sri Lankan Parliament will meet on Nov 5th as Originally Scheduled.

The Sri Lankan parliament will meet on November 5 as originally scheduled, President Maithripala Sirisena told the four Ambassadors who had presented their credentials on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Speaker formally announced the seating arrangements in parliament according to which the seat allotted to the Prime Minister will be given to Mahinda Rajapaksa who was appointed …

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Sirisena Tells SLFP Organizers in Colombo That He Wont Remain as President for Even One Hour If Ranil was Re-appointed as Prime Minister.

By Ajantha Kumara Agalakada President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he would neither let the North and East to be merged nor allow the country to be a federal state. He told the SLFP electoral organizers who met him in Colombo that he would have to be killed to get those two done. The President …

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Group of Mostly Western Foreign Envoys Meeting Ousted Prime Minister Formally is Unprecedented and Unacceptable says Former Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam.

Tamara Kunanayakam, Economist, Expert on international affairs, Former Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN at Geneva, Former Chairperson/Rapporteur of the UN Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development yesterday asked why West had been silen on some grave wrongdoings of the ousted Premier Wickremesinghe. Kunanayakam, was speaking at a briefing organized by …

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The Speaker has the Constitutional Responsibility to the Nation to Summon Parliament While Informing the President It is Being Done to Prevent the President from Violating His Own Constitutional Responsibility.

By Prof. Saviri Goonesekere The President and his lawyers have argued that the removal of the Prime Minister on 26. 10. 2018 in the aftermath of the collapse of the current coalition government was lawful under the Constitution of Sri Lanka. His subsequent appointment of a new PM and Cabinet at his individual discretion, is …

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Instead of Opining Whether President’s Actions are Unconstitutional or not as an Attorney -General Ought to, Jayantha Jayasuriya Keeps Mum Saying Its “Inappropriate” to Comment.

By A special Correspondent Advising one party whose position may be at odds with the President’s position could put the Attorney General in a pickle, which may explain why he has declined to give an opinion, lawyers told the Daily FT. The experts said that, based on views expressed by President Sirisena and the letter …

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Newly Appointed Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Wants to Move Away from Liberalisation Policies and Promote Populist,Protectionist Policies Including Farmer Subsidies,Tax Reduction and Fuel Price Formula Abolition.

By Uditha Jayasinghe In a predictable policy U-turn, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed as Finance Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, backed promoting populist and protectionist economic policies that would give subsidies to farmers, do away with the fuel formula and possibly reduce taxes. Rajapaksa, addressing the staff of the Finance Ministry after …

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Nailing Canards: Why President Sirisena’s Actions Remain Illegal, Unconstitutional, And Illegitimate

By Dr.Asanga Welikala There have been intense public debates over the meaning and interpretation of the Constitution, and especially the far-reaching changes introduced by the Nineteenth Amendment in 2015, since the dramatic and ongoing attempt at an unconstitutional transfer power that began on the evening of Friday 26th October. Unfortunately, the discussion has been clouded …

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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 reconvene the House and end the constitutional deadlock, even as Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was controversially deposed as Prime Minister last week, stood his ground for a fifth straight day. …

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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 …

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President Sirisena Can Dissolve Parliament According to Westminster Conventions if Vote on Account Interim Budget Presented by “New” Govt is Defeated in Parliament says Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.

By Kelum Bandara Newly-sworn in Education and Higher Education Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said today President Maithripala Sirisena had ‘inherent powers’ to dissolve Parliament in case the Vote on Account to be presented by the new government was defeated. He told a hurriedly summoned news conference that the foremost task of the new government was the …

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National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka Issues Call to uphold the Constitution, democracy and rule of law in Sri Lanka

The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) is deeply concerned by the constitutional crisis prevailing in the country following the events that transpired on the 26th of October 2018 and the subsequent proroguing of parliament by His Excellency the President. The NCEASL reiterates that the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the land, …

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The Logic of the Republican Constitution and the Relative Autonomy of the Presidency: A Political Science Perspective.

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka “Sovereign is he who decides on the exception” — Carl Schmitt At the heart of the current debate is the issue of national and people’s sovereignty, on the one hand, vs. the supremacy of the legislature on the other. This debate is based on a monumental misperception. There is a complete misunderstanding …

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China is Closely Following What is Happening in Sri Lanka but does not Intend Interfering in the Affairs of a Friendly Nation.

By Atul Aneja China on Monday said it did not intend to interfere in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs, but was “closely following” the situation in the island nation, and had contacted the leaders involved in the crisis. “China and Sri Lanka are close and friendly neighbors. We are closely following in the changes in the …

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While India Seems Annoyed at Being Dragged Into Sri Lanka’s Internal Politics, China Seizes Island’s Current Crisis as a Political Opportunity.

By Marwaan Macan-Markar Sri Lanka is on a knife edge after President Maithripala Sirisena abruptly sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday, a move seen partly as a reaction to India’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering. Sirisena engineered what some experts have called a “coup” and installed former political foe Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister. Back …

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President Sirisena Tells Meeting of 40 Diplomatic Mission Heads in Colombo that “70 to 75% of People Wanted Ranil Wickremesinghe Removed as Prime Minister”.

By Meera Srinivasan Amidst mounting pressure to summon the Sri Lankan Parliament that has been suspended since Saturday, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is expected to soon reconvene the House, following a meeting with all-party representatives scheduled on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday said that “a majority” of MPs has asked for …

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Unprecedented Constitutional Crisis in Sri Lanka is Beginning of a Dangerous Phase in On Going Three -Cornered Power Struggle Among Sirisena, Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa.

By Jayadeva Uyangoda Last Friday, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeinghe and appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa, his political rival until the day before, as the new Prime Minister — a surprising move that Mr. Sirisena made in order to resolve a deepening political dispute between himself and Mr. Wickremesinghe. But this act …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa is Finance and Economic Affairs Minister While Dr.Sarath Amunugama is Foreign Affairs Minister in President Sirisena’s New Cabinet;Douglas Devananda and Arumugan Thondaman Take Over Portfolios Held by DM Swaminathan and P.Digambaram Earlier.

Dr.Sarath Amunugama, social anthropologist, historian and administrator, has been appointed Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister in the new government formed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa following the ouster of Ranil Wckremesinghe from the Premiership last Friday. President Maithripala Sirisena, by convention, continues to be Defense Minister. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa takes the …

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12 New Ministers Sworn in by President Sirisena Including UNP Renegades Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as Education/Higher Education Minister and Wasantha Senanayake as Minister of Tourism/Wildlife

Twelve new ministers were sworn into Sri Lanka’s new cabinet on Monday amidst a severe political crisis prevailing in the island country. The President’s Media Division said the new ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat in capital Colombo. Former President Mahinda Rajapakse who was sworn in as the nation’s …

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Ex-minister Arjuna Ranatunga Arrested and Released on Bail After Petroleum Corp Trade Unions Strike Disrupts Fuel Distribution in Country.

By Nuwan Senarathna MP Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested yesterday by Colombo Crime Division over the shooting incident that resulted in one death at Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), but was shortly released on bail. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said Ranatunga was accused of being involved in the shooting incident, where a 34 year old man …

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Karu Jayasuriya May Consult Party Leaders and Re-convene Prorogued Parliament on Wednesday Oct 31st as 129 of 225 MP’s Urge Speaker to Do So Despite President’s Prorogation.

Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya has summoned a meeting of party representatives at 11 AM today, after 129 MPs placed their signatures on letters urging him to reconvene Parliament, despite the presidential proclamation suspending sittings. Aides to the Speaker said he could not summon a party leaders’ meet, since that must be held in Parliament, …

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