Ranil Wickremesinghe, Dulles Alahapperuma and the Historic 2022 Presidential Election

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Leon Trotsky famously observed , “Politics is more like algebra than like elementary arithmetic, and still more like higher rather than elementary mathematics”. The recent election of President Ranil Wickremesinghe by Sri Lankan members of Parliament appears to be an illustrative example of Trotsky’s statement about Politics being more like Algebra than Arithmetic. …

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“Sri Lanka, of course, has a special relationship with India where we have to look after each other’s We see India as the net security provider in the area.” -President Ranil Wickremesinghe in Interview with “The Economist”

We (The Economist) interviewed the president of Sri Lanka in Colombo on August 14th 2022. This transcript has been edited for length and clarity. The Economist: Thank you very much for taking the time to see us, Mr Wickremesinghe. The last time we were here was three weeks ago, when it was obvious that this …

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“The arrival of a Chinese ship in Sri Lanka raises hackles in India; flip-flopping by Sri Lanka over Yuan Wang 5 irritates both China and India. ‘- The Economist

On august 15th Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka’s president, travelled to the Katunayake air base near Colombo, the capital, to take delivery of a Dornier 228 maritime surveillance aircraft, a gift from India. The very next day, Yuan Wang 5, a Chinese surveillance ship, docked in the port of Hambantota, in the south, despite objections from …

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa Likely to Return to Sri Lanka on Aug 25th From Thailand; will be Provided House and Security by State as a former President is entitled to; wants to go back to California after obtaining US Green Card

By Jamila Husain Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who fled the country last month amidst public protests calling for his resignation, is awaiting to obtain a US Green Card to return back to the United States and settle there with his wife and son, the Daily Mirror learns. Highly placed sources said that Rajapaksa’s lawyers in …

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Rebuilding Sri Lanka and countering China go hand in hand.And as home to the largest Sri Lankan diaspora in the world, Canada also carries a moral responsibility for Sri Lanka’s well-being.

By Shuvaloy Majumda and Vijay Sappani Sri Lanka is in deep turmoil; understanding this crisis is crucial for Canada’s wider interests in the Indo-Pacific. Prior to the upheaval, Sri Lanka had a thriving economy, among the best human development index scores in South Asia, and wide-ranging trade and preferential market agreements throughout the region and …

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Rebuilding Sri Lanka and countering China go hand in hand.And as home to the largest Sri Lankan diaspora in the world, Canada also carries a moral responsibility for Sri Lanka’s well-being.

By Shuvaloy Majumdar and Vijay Sappani Sri Lanka is in deep turmoil; understanding this crisis is crucial for Canada’s wider interests in the Indo-Pacific. Prior to the upheaval, Sri Lanka had a thriving economy, among the best human development index scores in South Asia, and wide-ranging trade and preferential market agreements throughout the region and …

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Police use Tear Gas and Water Cannon to Disperse Protest Demonstration Organized by the Inter-University Student Federation;Six persons including Wasantha Mudalige taken into custody

Sri Lanka Police fired tear gas and water cannon on a small protest yesterday to break up the first demonstration since the crisis-hit island nation lifted a state of emergency. This year, an unprecedented economic collapse has often sparked massive anti-Government rallies after months of hardship caused by shortages of essential goods, rolling blackouts and …

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From Lone MP to PM and President: Resilient Ranil’s Three Stage Return and Rise to the Top.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj ‘There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries.” – William Shakespeare – “Julius Caesar” (Act 4 Scene 3) There were many in Sri Lanka and abroad who thought the …

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What kind of ship is the Yuan Wang 5? Why is its presence in the Indian Ocean a cause of concern for India? Explained Through Questions and Answers

By Meera Srinivasan The story so far- On August 13, Sri Lanka approved the arrival of a Chinese satellite-tracking vessel to its southern Chinese-funded Hambantota port. It was the second approval from the island nation’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after it first cleared the visit on July 12. In the weeks in between, India raised …

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Chinese Yuan Wang 5 vessel mired in a geopolitical tussle docks at the Hambantota Port;welcome ceremony attended by MPs Weerawansa, Nanayakkara and Weerasekera; “On behalf of the President, I came here today to welcome the ship and wish them,” says Sarath Weerasekera.

BY P. Waravita The Chinese Yuan Wang 5 vessel, whose arrival was mired in a geopolitical tussle, docked at the Hambantota Port yesterday (16), with a welcome ceremony attended by prominent MPs, where the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong stated that the docking of the vessel is a “normal exchange” between China and …

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China’s satellite tracking vessel Yuan Wang 5 arrives at Sri Lanka’s southern Hambantota Port on August 16 despite India and the U.S. voicing concern with Colombo over the military ship’s visit.

By Meera Srinivasan and Ananth Krishnan China’s satellite tracking vessel Yuan Wang 5 on August 16 arrived at Sri Lanka’s southern Hambantota Port, despite India and the U.S. voicing concern with Colombo over the military ship’s visit. Hours after the vessel reached the Sri Lankan port, China said the “marine scientific research” activities of the …

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Govt decides not to implement recommendations in in the final report of the ‘One Country, One Law” Presidential Task Force (PTF) headed by Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera.

BY Buddhika Samaraweera The Government has decided not to go ahead with the recommendations mentioned in the final report of the ‘One Country, One Law” Presidential Task Force (PTF) headed by Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, as many important issues that need to be addressed urgently have arisen in the current …

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Immigration Dept Grants Scottish National Kayleigh Fraser a Grace Period to Leave Sri Lanka Following the Dismissal of het Writ Application Against her Deportation Order by the Court of Appeal

BY Buwanajee Coralage Scottish national Kayleigh Fraser, who participated in the “aragalaya” (struggle) in Sri Lanka, will be given time to leave the country, said the Department of Immigration and Emigration, following yesterday’s (16) dismissal by the Court of Appeal of her writ petition filed challenging her deportation by the Department over alleged visa violations. …

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Hundreds of Tamil mothers Conduct rally in Kilinochchi to mark 2,000 days of protests to seek justice for their sons who they claim were forcibly disappeared during and after the civil war.

By Dinitha Rathnayake Hundreds of Tamil mothers engaged in a rally last Friday (12) in Kilinochchi District to mark 2,000 days of protests and activism to seek justice for their sons who they claim were forcibly disappeared during and after the civil war. The protests commenced in February 2017 during the Yahapalana Government, which promised …

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“Dadayama”(The Hunt)” : Versatile Filmmaker Vasantha Obeysekera’s Milestone Movie

by D.B.S.JEYARAJ Devoting the first Saturday article of each month to a film, film personality or film-related topic is a practice being followed by this column in recent times This week’s article therefore will focus on versatile filmmaker Vasantha Obeysekera’s milestone movie “Dadayama” (the Hunt). I have written about the film and filmmaker before and …

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How Lakshman Kadirgamar Became a National List MP and Foreign Affairs Cabinet Minister

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This article written last year is being re-posted without any changes to commemorate the 17th death anniversary of former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar who was assassinated in Colombo by the LTTE on August 12th 2005) Former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was assassinated in Colombo by the Liberation Tigers of …

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When has action been taken against the outrageous behaviour manifested by parliamentarians on the floor of the House at any time? What equitable purpose does the current Parliamentary assembly serve to protect the interests of the people?

By Kishali Pinto – Jayawardene The winding down of the iconic ‘aragalaya’ (struggle) site at the Galle Face Green this Friday as the police hauled away the last remaining tents, was met by its onetime occupants, not with sadness or resignation but, interestingly enough, a calm jubilation. State aggression met by counter-aggression ‘This Government has …

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Sri Lanka Grants Permission for Chinese space and satellite tracking vessel “Yuan Wang 5” to dock on August 16 at Hambantota port subject to conditions that the visiting Chinese vessel’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) must be kept switched on within the EEZ of Sri Lanka and that no scientific research be conducted in Sri Lankan waters.

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka on Saturday cleared the arrival of Chinese space and satellite tracking vessel Yuan Wang 5 on August 16 at the southern Hambantota port, a day after New Delhi reiterated its security concerns over the vessel’s visit earlier scheduled on August 11. Even as Colombo was put on a delicate diplomatic …

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Well-known author Salman Rushdie Stabbed Multiple times by Lone Assailant while speaking at an event at the Chautauqua Institution in New York Omdergoes Surgery; Police arrest suspect named as Hadi Matar(24) from Fairview, New Jersey.

By Sam Cabral BBC News, Washington Author Salman Rushdie, who suffered years of Islamist death threats after writing The Satanic Verses, has been stabbed on stage in New York state. The Booker Prize winner, 75, was speaking at an event at the Chautauqua Institution at the time. New York State Police said a man ran …

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Relentless Struggle by Tamil Mothers of “Disappeared” Reaches 2000 Day Landmark;Hundreds of Women Stage Rally in northern Kilinochchi district seeking truth and justice for their loved ones forcibly disappeared during and after the civil war

By Meera Srinivasan Hundreds of Tamil mothers on August 12 took out a rally in Sri Lanka’s northern Kilinochchi district to mark 2,000 days of their relentless struggle, seeking truth and justice for their loved ones forcibly disappeared during and after the civil war. Women wearing black sarees and headbands marched in Kilinochchi carrying photographs …

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Sri Lankan Govt Permits Chinese tracking ship ” Yuang Wang 5″ to dock at Hambantota Port on August 16 following the failure of the Indian and US Governments to provide “concrete reasons” for their opposition to the Vessel arriving in H’tota

The Sri Lanka Government today (August 12) granted permission for the Chinese tracking vessel Yuang Wang 5 to dock at the Hambantota Port after the Indian and US Governments failed to give “concrete reasons” for why they opposed its arrival. Yuang Wang 5 will now berth at the Hambantota International Port on August 16, five …

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Sri Lanka’s radical Leftist political parties,JVP and its breakaway faction, FSP galvanised the “Aragalaya “(struggle)into an aggressive movement that eventually ousted the two Rajapaksa brothers from power

by Sharmini Serasinghe For the first time in the history of Sri Lanka, the nation experimented with a ‘Peaceful Protest’ to oust a leader they came to hate. And they succeeded! Sri Lankans across the nation, crossing boundaries of ethnicity, religion and social class came together in what came to be known as the ‘Aragalaya’ …

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Sri Lanka has become a country devoid of mature political leaders. We have only Ranil Wickremesinghe left among the leaders who can be considered an advanced political leader. In the absence of mature leaders, it should be the country’s responsibility to make proper use of him at this critical juncture.

By Victor Ivan The article I wrote titled “Ranil’s Destiny” and published in the Daily FT last week, had received the attention of a large number of readers; also there were several criticisms published against it. Many people in Sri Lanka seem to have lost the ability to think logically not only on the issue …

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“Gota Go Home” Protest That Began at Galle Face on April 9 Ends After 4 Months on Augut 9 but “Aragalaya”(struggle) will Continue in Different Forms;Protesters Withdrwa 4 Writs Filed in Appeal Court against Removal of Site;Organizers Allege bulk of 43 Tents have been stolen by third parties

BY Dinitha Rathnayake Protestors of the “aragalaya” (struggle) attached to the “RanilGoGama”, formerly “GotaGoGama”, at the Galle Face – whose protest site at the Galle Face Green was vandalised on multiple occasions, and whose activism led to the resignation of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa – have vacated the site …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Makes First Official Visit as Elected President to Army Headquarters and thanks Military for Protecting Parliament and Preventing its seizure by a group without Opening Fire on People

On Tuesday August 9, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe paid his first official visit to the Army HQ in the outskirts of Colombo and addressed the troops even as protesters were planning to renew the agitation to oust him from the Presidency. As it turned out, the function at the Army HQ went off without …

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Ex- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Likely to move from Singapore to Thailand for Temporary Stay; “The Sri Lankan side informs us that the former president has no intention for political asylum in Thailand and will travel to another country afterwards.” Says Thai Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tanee Sangrat

Former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested entry into Thailand for a temporary stay in a second Southeast Asian country after fleeing his island nation last month amid mass protests, the Thai foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Rajapaksa fled to Singapore on July 14 following unprecedented unrest caused by Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis …

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Indo-Lanka Accord 35th Anniversary: How the Tamils Messed up a Golden Opportunity.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Last week’s article was about the guerilla war fought by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna(JVP) against the Indian Army in the Trincomalee district. The JVP campaign in Trinco was then led by Kumar Gunaratnam alias “Gemunu”. Gunaratnam later split from the JVP and co-founded the Frontline Socialist Party(FSP). Kumar Gunaratnam alias Kumar/Kumara is currently …

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Any attempts to push through an IMF reform programme without clear articulation of its rationale, expected outcomes, and measures to protect the vulnerable will be met with resistance by politicians and the public.

By Anushka Wijesinha (Anushka Wijesinha is a Colombo-based economist and co-founder of the public policy think tank, Centre for a Smart Future) Sri Lanka’s economic crisis has been brewing for a while. Years of policy missteps and a problematic growth model came to a head at the start of 2022, with a debilitating foreign reserves …

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China ,India and the Ranil Wickremesinghe Foreign Policy Perspective

By Dr Ranga Kalansooriya When Russia invaded Ukraine in February this year, Ranil Wickremesinghe’s views on the resultant crisis differed somewhat from other MPs. Holding the one and only seat allocated to his party in Parliament, Wickremesinghe argued that Ukraine had antagonized Russia without seeking a peaceful diplomatic solution, and that the West played a …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe can be ranked as a person endowed with intellectual elegance and excellence in statesmanship. Ranil is one whose character has been deliberately destroyed by the media. However, If he is capable of redeeming and reforming Sri Lanka his name will go down in history as the hero who saved Sri Lanka

By Victor Ivan Things in the country are happening in a ludicrous manner. Regardless of the likes or dislikes of the people engaged in the Aragalaya (youth struggle) there is one important outcome that the Aragalaya has produced in the political sense: It has been able to oust Gotabaya Rajapaksa from his office who lacked …

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Colombo Chief Magistrate Nandana Amarasinghe rejects Application made by Police to issue a restraining order against the protest planned to be held on August 9 by several political parties and civil organisation against President Ranil Wickremesinghe and the current Government.

BY Buddhika Samaraweera Colombo Chief Magistrate Nandana Amarasinghe yesterday (8) rejected a request made by the Police to issue a restraining order against a protest planned to be held today (9), organised by several political parties and civil organisations, against President Ranil Wickremesinghe and the current Government. While informing the court that several political parties …

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Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) General Secretary Joseph Stalin released on One Million Rupee bail after being remanded for allegedly violating a court order Attends immediately after his release the Protest demanding his release by teachers and principals near the Lipton Circus Roundabout in Colombo

BY Buddhika Samaraweera Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) General Secretary Joseph Stalin, who was released on bail after being remanded for allegedly violating a court order, was received by a large group of teachers and principals near the Lipton Circus Roundabout in Colombo yesterday (8). Stalin, a well known trade unionist, was produced before the Colombo …

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China says it is “senseless and unreasonable” to “pressure” Sri Lanka to defer the planned docking of Chinese space and satellite tracking research vessel Yuan Wang 5 at the Hambantota Port citing security concerns, in a thinly veiled reference to India, which has expressed strong objection to Sri Lanka over the planned docking.

China said yesterday (8) that it was “senseless and unreasonable” to “pressure” Sri Lanka to defer the planned docking of Chinese space and satellite tracking research vessel Yuan Wang 5 at the Hambantota Port citing security concerns, in a thinly veiled reference to India, which has expressed strong objection to Sri Lanka over the planned …

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Sri Lanka engages in “quiet diplomacy” to persuade China to agree to its request to defer the docking of the Chinese vessel Yuan Wang 5 t at Hambantota Port this week; Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka requests urgent meeting with senior Sri Lankan authorities

Amidst a potential diplomatic clash with far-reaching consequences, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is engaged in “quiet diplomacy” to persuade China to agree to its request to defer the docking of the Chinese vessel Yuan Wang 5 to dock at the Hambantota Port this week, diplomatic sources told The Morning, while the Chinese Embassy …

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Saman Ratnapriya and Joseph Stalin Participate Together in May 28 Protest March Urging Gota to Go; Saman Ratnapriya is made Director General, Trade Unions under President but Joseph Stalin is summarily arrested and Remanded

By Kishali Pinto – Jayawardene President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s nonchalant claim that the law operates equitably in Sri Lanka (‘the law is the same for you, me and everyone’) in a carefully calibrated address at the ceremonial opening of the ninth session of Parliament this week, bears an uncanny resemblance to what his Presidential predecessor Gotabaya …

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Sajith Premadasa is weak, indecisive and cannot bear any pressure, This mess is because he didn’t have the guts to form a government and take on the corrupt Rajapaksas.Using bombastic words or archaic obsolete dictionary terms does not make a good opposition leader.

By K.K. S.Perera Searching for the meaning of the word “legitimate,” I referred dictionaries. Piled up a cross-section of the meaning in Collins, Webster’s, Cambridge and Britannica, as given below: They define legitimize/legitimacy as to make something legal or to make it acceptable, permissible or correct.- to give official or formal sanction; to authorize, to …

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‘Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past,’- George Orwell’s 1984 repeats itself in 2022 Sri Lanka

By Gamini Weerakoon (The writer is a former editor of The Sunday Island, The Island, and consultant editor of the Sunday Leader.) George Orwell in ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ writes a story of a ‘Non-Party’ man (Winston) being tortured by Party Man (O’Brien) who is trying to make him accept that if all records pertaining to the …

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9 August 2022 Declared“National day of protest” (Jathika Virodatha Dinaya) by “Aragalaya”Protesters;Island-wide Protests to be held in Outstation towns;National Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (NTUCC) will stage rally at Viharamahadevi park in Colombo on same day 2 pm

By Dinitha Rathnayake Protestors of the “aragalaya” (struggle) have declared 9 August as a “national day of protest” (Jathika Virodatha Dinaya) in their respective cities and regions. According to sources, people will gather in their own towns to protest against State repression, especially demanding that the Government abolish the state of emergency, emergency law, and …

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Sri Lanka Rescinds Permission Given for Chinese Vessel “Yuan Wang 5” to dock at Hambantota for Replenishment: “The Ministry requests that the arrival date of the vessel Yuan Wang 5 in Hambantota be deferred until further consultations are made on this matter,” says Lankan Foreign Ministry note;Chinese Envoy Protests to President Wickremesinghe

By the “Sunday Morning” Political Editor The Government on Thursday (4) decided to rescind the permission granted to the Yuan Wang 5 Chinese research vessel with the relevant official communication to the Chinese Embassy in Colombo being delivered on Friday (5), The Sunday Morning learns. The Yuan Wang 5’s visit to Sri Lanka that was …

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SJB Leader and Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa Keeps Away from the Tea Party Given by President Ranil Wickremesinghe after his policy speech in Parliament

By Gagani Weerakoon (excerpt from the “Ceylon Politics” Column titled “Sajith boycotts Ranil’s Tea Party in the “Ceylon Today” of August 6th 2022) After the President’s Policy Statement, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa got SJB MPs together and started to discuss about the speech. At that time, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella asked Premadasa whether they …

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Majority of recent shootings are related to drug trade wars and settling of old scores says Police Spokesman; mostly unidentified bodies washing up in beaches due to death by drowning have no indication of murder or assault injuries.

By Marianne David Several incidents of people being shot dead and dead bodies washing ashore along the Colombo coastline, especially at Galle Face, have been reported in Sri Lanka in recent weeks, leading to the country being engulfed in a climate of fear and indicating a breakdown in law and order. Shooting incidents in the …

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“The law will be applied equally to the people who attacked the peaceful protesters on 9th May and those who are engaging in violence and terrorism under the guise of the struggle. I will ensure that there is no political intervention in this process,”-President Ranil Wickremesinghe in his Policy Speech

By Sandun Jayawardana Two weeks after being elected to office by Parliament, President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday (3) delivered a wide-ranging policy statement to the legislature where he outlined a series of political and economic reforms. He also renewed his appeal for parties in Parliament to come together to form an all-party government to resolve …

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Counter-attacks by the State may not have been enabled to such a flagrant extent if lunatic political elements had not infiltrate the ‘aragalaya’ (peoples’ struggle) and if violence by some of its proponents had been publicly condemned far sooner.

By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardene The sullen growling of the Sri Lankan populace looking resentfully on as the nation’s political establishment consolidates itself once more, in the wake of an unparalleled surge of people power leading to the fleeing of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa amidst the tactical retreat of the Rajapaksa family, must not be mistaken for …

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Sri Lanka’s debt crisis was the result of bad economic policies, an unwillingness to make hard decisions, and to a lesser degree, tensions between China and the West.

By Shantayanan Devarajan and Homi Kharas (Shantayanan Devarajan is Professor of the Practice of Development at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a former Senior Director for Development Economics and Acting Chief Economist at the World Bank. Homi Kharas is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Development at the Brookings …

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Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe affirms nation’s commitment to the ‘One China Policy’ and asks countries to “refrain from provocations”, in a message apparently directed to the United States

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday affirmed the island nation’s commitment to the ‘One China Policy’ and asked countries to “refrain from provocations”, in a message apparently directed to the United States, days after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan. In a series of tweets, Mr. Wickremesinghe said: …

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“I took over a country that was in disaster. I decided to accept this critical challenge, on behalf of my people and the country, based on the premise that it is my duty to light even one lamp for the country rather than cursing the darkness.” – President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Policy Statement.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday ceremonially declared opened the third session of the ninth Parliament. Following the ceremonial opening at 10 a.m. the President presented the Government’s policy statement in accordance with powers vested in him through Article 33 of the Constitution. Addressing Parliament for the first time after being elected, President Ranil Wickremesinghe stressed on …

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The Government is labouring under the delusion that targeted repression of dissenters can bring about political stability. The Opposition seems to believe that ousting Ranil Wickremesinghe is Lankan people’s current preoccupation

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “Nations are made not of oak and rock but ofmen,and as the men are, so will the nations be” – Milton Meyer (They thought they were free) Sovereign defaults have a long history. Imperial Spain, imperial Britain, revolutionary Russia, republican Spain, they all did it. In 2020 seven countries defaulted, Argentina for …

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President Wickremesinghe will resist any call for him to quit and serve till November 2024 when the next presidential poll is due. As he enjoys majority support he will be in no hurry to call for a general election, as his detractors have demanded.

By Col R Hariharan Ninth of July 2022 would long be remembered in Sri Lanka as the day the three-month long ‘Aragalaya’ peoples protest movement succeeded in forcing their elected President Gotabaya to agree to resign on July 13. However, the President agreed to resign only after protestors forcibly occupied the President’s House and secretariat …

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Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam, his Devolution Package and the LTTE

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in Mankind,” wrote the metaphysical poet John Donne.The ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka has extracted a heavy human toll. In my personal capacity as a Sri Lankan Tamil and in my professional capacity as a journalist , I have lost count of the number …

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan on Tuesday Evening despite threats from Beijing of serious consequences and Countermeasures

By Ananth Krishnan United States House Speaker and veteran Democratic politician Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday evening, marking the most high-level political engagement between the U.S. and Taiwan in 25 years. China condemned the visit as “a major political provocation” and said it would launch “targeted military operations” as countermeasures, even as Beijing …

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Gotabaya relinquishing the presidency and fleeing can be considered as a special situation caused by the weak and foolish manner in which President Rajapaksa faced the challenge posed by the Aragalaya rather than an outcome of the strength or wisdom of the Aragalaya itself

By Victor Ivan Evidently, the Aragalaya (struggle) did not have a clear idea about the goals it hoped to achieve. Also, it did not have a clear idea about the limitations of its strength. The developments of the Aragalaya, especially the fact that President Gotabaya relinquishing the presidency and fleeing away can be considered as …

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“As an ordinary citizen of Sri Lanka, I implore you to be circumspect and fair in your tweets”- An open letter to US Ambassador Julie J. Chung

By “Citizen Jane” Dear Madam Ambassador, On April 2, 2022 you tweeted “Sri Lankans have a right to protest peacefully–essential for democratic expression. I am watching the situation closely, and hope the coming days bring restraint from all sides, as well as much needed economic stability and relief for those suffering” Salutary words Madam. Neither …

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How Kumar Gunaratnam alias “Gemunu” Fought a Guerilla War against the Indian Army in Trinco

by D.B.S.JEYARAJ The India – Sri Lanka Accord was signed by former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and ex-Sri Lanka president Junius Richard (JR) Jayewardene on July 29th 1987 in Colombo. The 35th anniversary of the pact known generally as the Indo-Lanka accord will be observed this Friday (July 29). The Rajiv-JR accord was signed …

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The most barbaric act of arson and vandalism by the so called “peaceful protesters” was the burning of then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s personal residence that housed thousands of books and rare objet d’art

By P.K.Balachandran On July 9, it looked as if Sri Lanka was undergoing a revolution through raw peoples’ power. Massive crowds had converged on Colombo to force the incompetent President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to quit. The Presidential palace, the Presidential Secretariat and the Prime Minister’s office were stormed, vandalized, and occupied. But the most barbaric act …

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National Movement for Social Justice Chairman Karu Jayasuriya states that a few inappropriate people who joined the “Aragalaya” later disrupted the movement and caused violence;NMSJ cannot approve of the killing and harassing of people’s representatives (MPs), burning their houses, and damaging other properties says Ex-speaker

BY Buddhika Samaraweera Noting that an intelligent and disciplined group of young people pioneered the people’s struggle or “aragalaya”, which demanded the resignation of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his Government, the National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) claimed however, that a few inappropriate people who joined it later disrupted the movement and caused violence. …

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Sri Lankan President Wickremesinghe Tells “Wall Street Journal” that Ex-president Gotabaya Rajapaksa has not told him he planned to return to Sri Lanka soon; “I don’t believe it’s the time for him to return,I have no indication of him returning soon.” Says Ranil

By Philip Wen and Tripti Lahiri Sri Lanka’s new president said the country has experienced the worst of its economic crisis and that restoring political stability will allow it to begin turning a corner, starting with finalizing negotiations for an International Monetary Fund bailout that had stalled due to recent turmoil. “I think we’ve already …

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India raises the scheduled visit of Chinese research vessel ‘Yuan Wang 5’ to Hambantota with President Ranil Wickremesinghe,the matter “was raised at the highest level by the Indian side,” an official source in Colombo tells “The Hindu”

By Meera Srinivasan India has raised the scheduled visit of a Chinese research vessel to a Sri Lankan port with President Ranil Wickremesinghe, after the Ministry of Defence in Colombo confirmed the ship’s arrival, despite New Delhi giving a “clear message” on its concerns. While there is no official statement so far from either the …

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JR Jayewardene, the Kanatte Mass Funeral and the July 1983 Anti-Tamil Pogrom

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This article was published last year and is being re-posted without any changes to denote the 39th anniversary of “Black July”) July 24th 1983 was the day on which a destructive spree of anti-Tamil violence commenced in Jaffna in the early hours of the morning and began spreading to Colombo in the later …

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India sends “clear message” that it is monitoring the ship’s progress “carefully” of Chinese space and satellite tracking research vessel “Yuan Wang 5” expected to dock in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port from August 11-17 for “replenishment” but Sri Lanka Defence Ministry Spolesman says “We have no confirmation of such a vessel calling at the Hambantota port,”

By Suhasini Haidar and Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry on Thursday denied reports that a Chinese research vessel involved in space and satellite tracking would enter the Hambantota port in August this year, even as India sent a “clear message” that it was monitoring the ship’s progress “carefully”. “We have no confirmation of such …

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Full Text of Civil Society Statement on attacks and reprisals against peaceful protesters Signed by 165 Individuals and 10 Organizations

Sri Lanka – Civil Society Statement on attacks and reprisals against peaceful protesters 28th July, 2022 We, the undersigned individuals and organizations strongly condemn the ongoing attack including violence, false labeling and legal reprisals against unarmed peaceful protesters by the Sri Lankan government. We call for an immediate end to reprisals against those exercising their …

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India says it will protect its interests as Chinese research and survey vessel “Yuan Wang 5” heads to Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka

By Krishna N. Das and Waruna Karunatilake India, which is trying to expand its influence in crisis-hit Sri Lanka after China made deep inroads there, said on Thursday it was aware of reports about the planned visit of a Chinese vessel to a Sri Lankan port built with money from Beijing. Shipping data from Refinitiv …

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Key figures of the “aragalaya” (struggle) facing intimidation at the hands of the Govt,Police and military;arrests,surveillance measures, including wiretapping of phones taking place;Among Targets are Attorney Nuwan Bopage, Catholic priest Fr. Amila Jeewantha Peiris, Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Convener Wasantha Mudalige and former IUSF Convenor Lahiru Weerasekara

BY Dinitha Rathnayake and Buddhika Samaraweera Key figures of the “aragalaya” (struggle) are facing intimidation at the hands of the Government, the Police, and the military, activists allege, with arrests as well as surveillance measures, including wiretapping their phones, taking place. According to sources, Attorney Nuwan Bopage, Catholic priest Fr. Amila Jeewantha Peiris, Inter-University Students’ …

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The Proclamation on the State of Emergency, announced by then-Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe on 17 July followed by a Gazette on 18 July is debated and passed in Parliament with 120 votes in favour and 63 against on July 27

BY P. Waravita The Proclamation on the State of Emergency, announced by then-Acting President and incumbent President Ranil Wickremesinghe on 17 July followed by a Gazette on 18 July, was debated and passed in Parliament yesterday (27), with 120 votes in favour of it and 63 against. This proclamation was made by Wickremesinghe through the …

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Sri Lanka should Commence debt restructuring talks with its bilateral lender China,

By Jorgelina Do Rosario and Uditha Jayasinghe The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Sri Lanka should kick off debt restructuring talks with its bilateral lender China, while the island state’s government seeks a financing loan from the Washington-based fund. “China is a big creditor, and Sri Lanka has to engage proactively with it on a …

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Singapore extends short-stay visa for Sri Lanka’s deposed president Gotabaya Rajapaksa by a further Fourteen Days Until August 11 Reports “Straits Times”

Singapore has extended a short-stay visa for Sri Lanka’s deposed president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, local media in the city-state reported on Wednesday. Mr. Rajapaksa fled his country on July 13, after his official residence was stormed by thousands of protesters who had demonstrated for months against the island nation’s painful economic crisis. He first escaped to …

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Following dramatic arrest by CID officers aboard a flight to Dubai UAE on 26th, Dhaniz Ali remanded till 5 August by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court; Suspect allegedly entered the Sri Lanka Rupavahini (Television) Corporation (SLRC) premises in Colombo 7 and interfered with its broadcasting

BY Buddhika Samaraweera A suspect named Dhaniz Ali, who is alleged to have entered the Sri Lanka Rupavahini (Television) Corporation (SLRC) premises in Colombo 7 and interfered with its broadcasting, was ordered to be remanded till 5 August by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court yesterday evening following his dramatic arrest by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) …

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Wajira Abeywardana sworn in as the United National Party’s (UNP) National List Parliamentarian in place of Ranil Wickremesinghe; Minister of Education Dr. Susil Premajayantha appointed as the new Leader of the House; Minister of Urban Development and Housing Prasanna Ranatunga re-appointed Chief Government Whip

Wajira Abeywardana was sworn in as the United National Party’s (UNP) National List Parliamentarian yesterday (27), while Minister of Education Dr. Susil Premajayantha was appointed as the new Leader of the House and Minister of Urban Development and Housing Prasanna Ranatunga was re-appointed Chief Government Whip. Abeywardena took oaths before Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. He …

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Tenacious “Aragalaya” (Struggle) of FSP Leader Kumar Gunaratnam Alias Kumar/Kumara.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “Gota Go Home” was the clarion call aroind which the people launched their “Aragalaya” or Struggle many weeks ago. It has now achieved its primary goal. Gota has been made to go , but to which permanent home remains an unanswered question still.It is also unclear as to whether he would be able …

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President Wickremesinghe said – and perhaps quite rightly – after assuming office that he will not permit unlawful occupation of State buildings.He also made a clear distinction between ‘peaceful dissenters’ and ‘violent agitators.’Those distinctions were thrown to the winds on Friday.

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Extraordinary foresight is scarcely needed to have predicted the State’s attack on Sri Lanka’s globally feted protest site at the Galle Face Green in the wee hours of Friday morning, July 22nd 2022. Why this provocative show of strength? As formidable contingents of baton wielding masked military and the police took …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Staged one of the all-time great comebacks in politics when Parliament elected him as Sri Lanka’s 8th Executive President.

By Sandun Jayawardana When the United National Party (UNP) was all but wiped out at the 2020 parliamentary elections, many were quick to write off the party and its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as a spent force in politics. It took almost a year of squabbles within the party for Mr Wickremesinghe to even be appointed …

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The Galle Face Green activists who brought about a political revolution through non-violent means should now organise themselves into a political force if not a political party to defend the fundamental rights they so valiantly and successfully fought for.

By Gamini Weerakoon (The writer is the former editor of The Sunday Island, The Island and consultant editor of the Sunday Leader) Both pundits and the hoi polloi now agree that when Sri Lanka was at the critical juncture in deciding whether to take the straight and narrow hard way or muddle through and be …

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sends Congratulatory Message to New Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe days after Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin sent messages; Modi says India would continue to be supportive of the quest of the people of Sri Lanka

By Meera Srinivasan Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a congratulatory message to Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Ranil Wickremesinghe, nearly a week after his rise to the island nation’s helm amid political upheaval triggered by a severe economic meltdown. Mr. Modi’s outreach to Mr. Wickremesinghe follows messages from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian …

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Clinging to Ranil-phobia is bad tactics. It has already caused enough damage – to the opposition. It enabled the obscene travesty of making Dulles Alahapperuma – a Rajapaksa acolyte for over 25 years – the standard bearer of the anti-Rajapaksa camp.

By Tisaranee Gunasekara “A wandering fire at a terrible height – can it be a star shining like that? Osip Mandelstam (Poem 101) A walking path bordered by the sea and a bit of lawn with few struggling saplings; a ‘marina’ sans yacht or boat (like that airport with no planes). Port City Marina Promenade, …

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Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya,, His Swanky New Embassy and the Limits of Diplomatic Immunity

By MICHAEL SCHAFFER The U.S. is doing a small developing country’s dirty work in prosecuting its ex-ambassador for fraud, and it may eventually be cause for discomfort along Embassy Row. In normal cases, for a foreign diplomat with an instinct for pilfering from their own government, Washington represents a safe posting. Far from home, entertainment …

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“President Wickremesinghe is economically very literate. He knows what has to be done. At times, it has been difficult for him or any other politician to get it done.But, if President Wickremesinghe understands, he can get it done” – Dr.Indrajit Coomaraswamy

Highly respected economists and former Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy has said the economic recovery will require painful treatment whilst expressing hope that President Ranil Wickremesinghe would take all the tough decisions to avoid the disastrous situation. “President Wickremesinghe is economically very literate. He knows what has to be done. At times, it has …

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Sri Lanka’s New President Ranil Wickremesinghe ‘swings’ into action on his day one in office to restore law and order and shows who is the boss

By N Sathiya Moorthy In what friends and admirers, especially in Colombo’s overseas diplomatic corps, had not expected of him, Sri Lanka’s new President Ranil Wickremesinghe ‘swung’ into action on his day one in office to restore law and order in the country that had been badly affected since the ‘Aragalaya’ protests against the then …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe’s election raises hopes that Sri Lanka, which has been in economic and political turmoil for months, will at last regain the political stability required to solve its economic problems. But Mr Wickremesinghe’s chances of success are complicated”- The Economist.

Ranil wickremesinghe is a familiar sight to anyone who has taken even a passing interest in Sri Lankan politics in recent decades. First elected to Parliament in 1977, he has held a variety of cabinet jobs over the years, including, on six occasions, that of prime minister. His most recent stint was in the service …

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It appears that the Aragalaya hijackers have become a law unto themselves and do not seem to respect the rule of law. They expect government leaders to genuflect before them and carry out their commands. This is not Aragalaya.

By Ameen Izzadeen For his admirers, Ranil Wickremesinghe is the president Sri Lanka has lost and found. The late former minister Mangala Samaraweera once described Wickremesinghe as the best president Sri Lanka never had. In his previous two outings as a presidential candidate, the victory was his, but on both occasions Wickremesinghe lost through no …

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Sajith Denies Allegation that he blocked Karu Jayasuriya from Entering Parliament by Vetoing Moves by Mayantha Dissanayake and Harin Fernando to Resign their National List MP Seats for Karu to be Appointed

BY Buddhika Samaraweera Although two Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) National List Opposition MPs had expressed their desire to resign from their positions as MPs to enable former Speaker of Parliament and incumbent National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Chairman Karu Jayasuriya the opportunity to enter Parliament, Opposition and SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa had allegedly vetoed …

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The question that is in the minds of observers of the Sri Lankan Aragalaya movement is: Will it go the way of violent populist movements in other countries in the past or will it have a lasting salutary effect?

By P.K.Balachandran Disruptive and violent populist movements have undoubtedly registered successes, ending oppressive regimes and giving the dumb millions a voice to express dissent forcefully. But in the long run, these movements have delivered only partially and that too, briefly, literature on the subject shows. The question that is in the minds of observers of …

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Thousands of police and troops armed with riot gear attack protest venue known as Gota Go Gama, beating protesters, destroying tents and arresting nine people. More than 50 people injured and three people hospitalized in the attack, according to St John Ambulance

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Colombo Sri Lankan security forces have carried out a violent early morning raid on the main anti-government protest camp in Colombo, beating protesters, destroying tents and arresting nine people. Friday’s raid saw thousands of police and troops armed with riot gear descend on the protest camp, known as Gota Go Gama, …

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Army and Police Crack Down Aggressively on Galle Face Protest with Brute Force in the night at 2 am;Tents dismantled, protesters assaulted, at least 8 persons arrested,agitation site sealed off,lawyers,media denied entry

By Meera Srinivasan A huge military contingent, along with police, raided Galle Face in Colombo early on Friday, where anti-government protesters have peacefully agitated for over three months in the wake of the island nation’s grave economic crisis. Several protesters were assaulted by soldiers, eyewitnesses said. The military attack on the main agitation site comes …

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Military takes control of presidential secretariat after “brutally assaulting” protesters;“the IT Center, Disabled Soldiers Tent, Community Kitchen that fed people every day for free, SYU Tent, Hearing Impaired Tent and the Gate Zero Tent structures at “GotaGo Gama” demolished

By Saroj Pathirana The military in Sri Lanka has taken control of the presidential secretariat in the capital after “brutally assaulting” the protesters. Soldiers also destroyed tents at the adjacent GotaGoGama protest site, arrested several protest leaders and cordoned off the area together with about 100 protesters. The military assault came hours after the protesters …

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18 Sworn in as Cabinet Ministers Before President Ranil Wickremesinghe;GL Peiris Replaced by Ali Sabry as Foreign Minister; Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena Gets Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils, and Local Government

The new Cabinet of Ministers were sworn in today before President Ranil Wickremesinghe in the Prime Minister’s Office. Accordingly, 18 cabinet ministers including former minister Ali Sabry were sworn in today. Former minister of Foreign Affairs G.L Pieris who proposed Dullas Alahapperuma as the presidential candidate has been removed from his ministerial portfolio and replaced …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Sworn in as 8th Executive President of Sri Lanka;Old cabinet to continue until opposition ‘ready’ to cooperate in all-party govt;Dinesh Gunawardena Likely to be Prime Ministe

By Meera Srinivasan Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in President of Sri Lanka on Thursday, is expected to appoint long-time Rajapaksa loyalist and senior politician Dinesh Gunawardena as Prime Minister, a source close to the President’s office told The Hindu. Further, Mr. Wickremesinghe will continue with the last-appointed Cabinet until Opposition parties are “ready to …

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Six-time Prime Minister and acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe elected President by the Sri Lanka Parliament on July 20; Defeats Dullas Alahapperuma by 134 Votes to 82 While Anura Kumara Dissanayake gets 3 Votes

By Meera Srinivasan Six-time Prime Minister and acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe was on July 20 elected President of Sri Lanka — a post that has eluded him despite a near-half century political career — in extraordinary circumstances of a political crisis triggered by the island’s economic crash. Mr. Wickremesinghe won 134 votes in the 225-member …

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“My life has been in this Parliament for 45 years . Hence I like to extend a special gratitude to have been honoured with the Presidency by the very same Parliament.” -President Ranil Wickremesinghe

Perseverant Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday reinforced his often underestimated prowess by becoming Sri Lanka’s 8th Executive President, comfortably winning a secret ballot from Parliamentarians with support mainly from colleagues loyal to ousted Rajapaksa regime. Of the 225-member Parliament, 223 voted with 2 MPs (MPs Selvaraja Gajendran and G.G. Ponnambalam) abstaining and 4 ballots rejected as invalid. …

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President and United National Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe while thanking the majority in Parliament for electing him as the 8th Executive President of the country invites all political parties in Parliament to join hands for the betterment of the country

President and United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (20) invited all political parties in Parliament to join hands for the betterment of the country, while thanking the majority in Parliament for electing him as the 8th Executive President of the country. “I spent 45 years of my life in this Parliament. My life …

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Protesters intent on harming the armed forces or public property are earnestly urged to desist from all forms of violence immediately or be prepared to face consequences as members of the armed forces are legitimately empowered to exercise force if the situation deems necessary

Army yesterday issued a tougher warning to unruly protestors saying that its soldiers have been empowered to use force to protect lives and State property from any harm. In a statement Army said members of the armed forces and the Police in terms of provisions, vested in them by the Constitution of Sri Lanka have …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa says SLPP Candidate Dullas Alahapperuma was unable to win the Presidential Elections.“We presented Dullas. We voted for him, but lost. Somebody has to win,” Mahinda tells media in parliament.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that his party’s candidate was unable to win the Presidential election in Parliament today. “We presented Dullas. We voted for him, but lost. Somebody has to win,” he told media in parliament. “He (Ranil) got more votes, so he became the president. That’s what has happened. We are waiting to …

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Three-way contest for Presidential Election with Ranil Wickremesinghe, Dullas Alahapperuma and Anura Kumara Dissanayake in the fray after Sajith Premadasa withdraws bid

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka will witness a three-cornered race for Presidency on Wednesday, as the island awaits a new leader and government after an astounding people’s uprising ousted Gotabaya Rajapaksa last week. Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe; the formerly Rajapaksa-aligned, and now independent Dullas Alahapperuma; and the leftist Anura Kumara Dissanayake were on Tuesday nominated …

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Parliament’s role in electing the President When the Office became vacant

By Dr Reeza Hameed On 13 July 2022, Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled from Sri Lanka under cover of darkness to an unknown destination. Even before his departure he had been in hiding. On the day he left, the country was informed that Gotabaya Rajapaksa had appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as his stand-in during his absence …

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Prime Minister and Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe issues Special Statement briefly recapping his multiple achievements during the past 67 days in office.

Prime Minister and Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday briefly recapped multiple achievements during the past 67 days in office. In a special statement, Acting President Wickremesinghe explained that when he took over as Prime Minister on 13 May the economy had collapsed, with power cuts lasting five hours a day. In the two months since …

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A new President will be elected by MPs through secret ballot today(July 20) morning in Parliament with a close fight expected among the top two contenders Wickremesinghe and Alahapperuma in the three-cornered battle.

The all-important Presidency will come up for a secret ballot today morning in Parliament with a close fight expected among the top two contenders in the three-cornered battle. When nominations were called in yesterday in Parliament, Prime Minister and Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe was proposed by SLPP MP Dinesh Gunawardena who is tipped to be …

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Rajanayagam: From Trotskyite Lawyer to “Tamil Times” Editor.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The “Tamil Times” (TT) was a monthly newsmagazine published in the United Kingdom(UK) for more than 25 years from October 1981 to December 2006. It was a political journal that focused on news, views and reviews pertaining to Sri Lanka in general and the Tamil People of Sri Lanka in particular. At it’s …

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“Janatha Aragalaya”(Peoples Struggle) : The Mass Movement that Wrote the Political Obituary of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

By Meera Srinivasan The staggering visual of tens of thousands breaching the high, iron gates of Sri Lanka’s heavily guarded Presidential secretariat and residence on July 9, to unseat its most powerful politician, is still playing on loop in everyone’s mind. It was less than three years ago, in November 2019, that the former soldier …

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Sri Lanka teetered unsteadily on the edge of anarchy but sanity prevailed and the country stepped back from the edge.

By Kishali Pinto -Jayawardene Carefully choreographed images of Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe hovering solicitously over injured soldiers in the Army hospital on Friday following clashes with protestors on the road to Parliament, is telling at several levels. Flagrant disregard of constitutional niceties Widely televised as his first act in office, this followed the resignation of …

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The Great Escape of Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Failed Attempt of Basil Rajapaksa.

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema Beleaguered former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa became the first president of Sri Lanka to be forced out of office mid-term as well as flee the country after facing months of protests by the public that finally resulted in thousands storming into the President’s House, Presidential Secretariat, and Temple Trees on 9 July. …

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Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe Officially Prohibits the use of ‘His Excellency’ or Her Excellency”to introduce the President ; also abolishes the separate presidential flag saying Country should have only the National flag.

Newly appointed Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday reiterated that he will protect the Constitution and will not allow any group to destroy democracy in Parliament. “We are obliged to uphold democracy. I am bound to protect the Constitution. I will never allow anything unconstitutional to take place in our country. I am not working outside …

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Sworn in as Acting President Before Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya; new President to be elected on July 20 by Parliament

By Chandani Kirinde Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Acting President before Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya yesterday shortly after the official announcement of the resignation of incumbent Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The six-times Premier Wickremesinghe will function in his interim post till 20 July when MPs will vote to elect a successor to Rajapaksa …

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Widespread Celebrations in Sri Lanka as Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announces Official Resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa;Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Sworn in as Acting President Until Parliament Elects a new President Next Week

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has officially resigned, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced Friday morning, ending days of uncertainty since the widely despised leader fled the island, dislodged by monumental public protests over a grave economic crisis. Mr. Gotabaya, currently in Singapore, had sent his resignation letter by email on Thursday, but …

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Gota going into hiding in an unknown country is an indication that he cannot rely on his own service chiefs to guarantee his safety. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has effectively made himself a lame duck of a President.

by Dr. Reeza Hameed The popular uprising against the Rajapaksa regime started with the demand for the resignation of President Rajapaksa and the then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mahinda Rajapaksa to his credit saw the writing on the wall and quit, but Gotabaya Rajapaksa did not. The President appointed MP Ranil Wickremesinghe who entered Parliament …

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Presiden Gotabaya Rajapaksa emails his resignation letter via the Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.Speaker will formally announce that Rajapaksa has vacated the post of President to the public after verifying the authenticity of the letter;Speaker’s office Consults Attorney General in this connection

By Chandani Kirinde President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was forced out of office by waves of public protests, sent in his registration letter from Singapore yesterday bringing to an end nearly three years of rudderless and chaotic rule. The President, who fled the country on Wednesday, emailed his resignation letter via the Sri Lanka High Commission …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Sends Resignation Letter by E-mail to Speaker from Singapore; official announcement on July 15 after verifying authenticity of emailed document

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday sent his resignation letter by email from Singapore, the Parliamentary Speaker’s office said, deferring an official announcement to Friday in order to verify the “authenticity and legality” of the document. The development came a day after Mr. Gotabaya, who rose to power in 2019 on …

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Saudi Arabian Airlines flight 788 from Maldives to Singapore believed to be carrying Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the world’s most-tracked flight on Thursday July 14

By Azzam Ameen A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Maldives to Singapore believed to be carrying Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the world’s most-tracked flight on Thursday (July 14), underscoring massive global interest in the troubled island nation’s political affairs. Saudia flight 788 from Male was being tracked by almost 5,000 users as of …

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Much Anticipated Resignation Does Not Materialise but President Appoints Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe as Acting President, to be in charge during his period of absence from Sri Lanka; Ranil Imposes Curfew after Protests Escalate

By Chandani Kirinde Sri Lanka was pushed into a political impasse yesterday with the much-anticipated resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa not materialising and instead Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appointed Acting President, setting off a fresh wave of protests which continued late into last night. Wickremesinghe’s appointment as Acting President was confirmed last night by way …

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The departure of . Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the Island has not reduced the uncertainty prevailing in Sri Lanka because the President is yet to officially resign, though he had promised to do so on Wednesday.

BY Meera Srinivasan Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the island and reached the nearby Maldives in the early hours of Wednesday, ahead of his promised resignation, days after enraged protesters overran his office and residence in a protest sparked by a devastating economic crisis. However, a top official in Maldives, who asked not to …

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appoints Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as Acting President to “exercise, perform and discharge the powers, duties and functions of the Office of President” with effect from Wednesday, during his absence from Sri Lanka.

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the island and took refuge in the Maldives early on Wednesday, ahead of his promised resignation, appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as acting President, the island’s Parliamentary Speaker said. The announcement came even as enraged protesters overran the Premier’s office in Colombo, in the midst …

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Is the Medamulana “House of Rajapaksa” Falling Down, Falling Down?

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj “London Bridge is falling down, Falling down, falling down. London Bridge is falling down, My fair lady.” – Nursery Rhyme When Basil Rohana Rajapaksa was in a rn in as Finance Minister by his brother President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in July 2021, the appointment grabbed the attention of the world’s influential media. It was …

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Acting President and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe says they had received reports from the Intelligence agencies that some elements within the Aragalaya community were planning to take over and occupy the Prime Minister’s Office and the official residences of the Commanders of the Air Force, Army, and Navy/

Amid the emergence of “fascist” forces attempting to prevent a peaceful and democratic transition of power, the Armed Forces and Police have been instructed to restore normalcy, alongside the declaration of a State of Emergency and curfew to assist these efforts, Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe said, issuing a video statement a short while ago. Recalling …

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Ranil Says a mob was instigated to attack his house by a private media institution which misreported what had happened at the party leaders meeting held on 9 July and even gave the directions to the mob to reach his house.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his first appearance since a mob burnt down his private residence said he would safeguard the Constitution “A government must act according to the Constitution. No one can go beyond it and force or dictate Parliament from outside on how it should act. I am here to safeguard the Constitution …

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