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2015January
  • UN Pushes ‘Long Term Peace’ Under New Sri Lanka Government Read more >

    UN Pushes ‘Long Term Peace’ Under New Sri Lanka Government

    (Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leaves after his swearing-in ceremony in Colombo, on August 21, 2015 (AFP Photo/Ishara S. Kodikara)) UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged Sri Lanka’s new government to ensure “long term peace” as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was set to form a coalition committed to ethnic reconciliation. “The secretary-general encouraged the […]

  • Sirisena Visits Trincomalee, Announces Release of Military Occupied Lands Read more >

    Sirisena Visits Trincomalee, Announces Release of Military Occupied Lands

    (Photographs Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri Lanka) President Sirisena, accompanied by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader, R Sampanthan, and the former president, Chandrika Kumaratunga visited Trincomalee district on Saturday where he announced that land belonging to around 205 displaced families in Muttur, which is currently occupied by the military, would be released. President Sirisena […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Defeated Rajapaksa Faces More Woes Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s Defeated Rajapaksa Faces More Woes

    (PM ELECT:  Prime Minister-elect Ranil Wickremesinghe with wife Maithree in Colombo on August 19.) ECONOMYNEXT, Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa whose prime ministerial dream was shattered after Monday’s election faced a new threat Wednesday with at least 14 of his supporters expected to defect. A top United People’s Freedom Alliance source said several MPs elected […]

  • China Cannot Be Avoided: State-run Media After SL Polls

    By PTI Chinese official media asserted that “China cannot be avoided” because its ties with Colombo transcended “partisan politics”. | P.K.Balachandran BEIJING: As a sense of unease prevailed here over defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary polls blunting Beijing’s influence in the Indian Ocean region, Chinese official media asserted that “China cannot be […]

  • Sri Lanka: A vote for Continuing Change by Jayadeva Uyangoda

    AP “The question that helps us to understand Sri Lanka’s current trends in politics is not why the UNP-led coalition won the highest number of seats but why the Rajapaksa-led UPFA coalition failed to gain a majority.” The Sri Lankan electorate has voted to reject polarisation and reinforce the process of democratisation. There are two […]

  • Why Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Failed to Make a Comeback

    After being toppled as president, Mahinda Rajapaksa wanted to become PM. But the Sri Lankan leader’s comeback bid has ended in defeat as early parliamentary poll results showed the ruling alliance made decisive gains. “My dream of becoming prime minister has faded away,” Rajapaksa was quoted by news agency AFP on Tuesday, August 18, as […]

  • New Era for Sri Lanka as Rajapaksa Loses Read more >

    New Era for Sri Lanka as Rajapaksa Loses

    James Crabtree in Colombo As former president Mahinda Rajapaksa comes to terms with his second electoral defeat in eight months, many in Sri Lanka are also predicting what once seemed unthinkable: the final political demise of a leader who, until just a year ago, seemed to hold an iron grip on their country. Mr Rajapaksa […]

  • Rajapaksa Accepts Defeat, Reports AFP Read more >

    Rajapaksa Accepts Defeat, Reports AFP

    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa accepted defeat at the 2015 General Election, AFP reported a short while ago. ““My dream of becoming prime minister has faded away,” Rajapaksa told AFP. “I am conceding. We have lost a good fight.” He added that he will work as an opposition Member of Parliament. According to results already released, […]

  • Over 15 M. Voters From 22 Electoral Districts to Elect 225 MPs Read more >

    Over 15 M. Voters From 22 Electoral Districts to Elect 225 MPs

    Over 15 million voters across 22 electoral districts will go to the polls tomorrow to elect 225 Members of Parliament (MPs) in the country’s 15th General election since 1947. The Colombo District will return the largest for a single district with 19 MPs, while Tricomalee will return the lowest number of 4 MPs. Postal-voting-in-Puttalam-Pics-Hiran-Priyankara Colombo -19 […]

  • Outcome of Tomorrow’s Poll Crucial for Lanka

    ( BY The Sunday Times Political Editor) Both major alliances confident, but dramatic internal battle rages within UPFA Sirisena’s suspension of two party secretaries apparently linked to dispute over National List nominees International Crisis Group says resolution of ethnic issue depends on what happens at elections When a messenger from the Presidential Secretariat arrived at […]

  • Forget PM Ambitions, President Tells Rajapaksa Read more >

    Forget PM Ambitions, President Tells Rajapaksa

    Demonstrate flexibility, generosity by paving the way for a SLFP senior. President Maithripala Sirisena in a strongly worded letter informed his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to cooperate with him to appoint a senior SLFPer as Prime Minister in the event the UPFA secures 113 seats at the election. The President categorically stated that his choice was […]

  • A Professional Forecast on Sri Lanka Election Results 2015

    The team of professionals who had   provided  a very near accurate election forecast at the last Presidential elections has again sent their forecast for the 2015 General Elections. This is not based on some intelligent guesswork but on in depth study of the situation prevailing in the several Districts. In this forecast the JVP […]

  • A Message to All Candidates by Friday Forum

    The Friday Forum has, in recent statements, stressed factors and issues we consider important, when voting at an election, which is of critical importance for our country’s future. We note the comparatively violence and intimidation free manner in which campaigns have been conducted this time. We need to recognise that this is largely due to […]

  • Sri Lanka Between Elections – By Crisis Group

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Read full report as a PDF 272-sri-lanka-between-elections A half year after Maithripala Sirisena’s stunning defeat of President Mahinda Raja­paksa raised hopes for democratic renaissance, the complexities of partisan politics, and Rajapaksa himself, have returned to centre stage. Sirisena’s initial months with a minority government led by the United National Party (UNP) have opened […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Chinese Election – Brahma Chellaney

    NEW DELHI – Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election this month promises to shape not only the country’s political future, but also geopolitics in the wider Indian Ocean region, a global center of trade and energy flows that accounts for half of the world’s container traffic and 70% of its petroleum shipments. The country’s strategic importance has […]

  • Vote for JVP to Make Mahinda Victorious; The Slogan of Some Leftists?

    The discarded defeated Leftists alias  ‘left garbage leftists’ say , what is necessary at this moment is not defeating Mahinda Rajapakse, rather sending more JVP members to parliament. However in the JVP publications there is nothing mentioning  this. In other words there is a  deceitful motive behind this theory: divide the anti  Rajapakse votes as […]

  • Election Violence: From 6th to the 8th of August 2015

    Parliamentary General Election 2015: Media Communiqué 07 by Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) 10th August 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka Below is a summary of the major cases of election related violence reported to CMEV from the 6tt of August to the 8th of August 2015. 06th August 2015- Preventing Election Monitoring, Trincomalee. CMEV field monitor […]

  • Small Parties Challenge TNA’s Hold Among Tamils Read more >

    Small Parties Challenge TNA’s Hold Among Tamils

    (TNA election campaign; file photo) The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which won a majority of parliamentary seats in the Northern and Eastern Provinces in the last three general elections, is facing a stiff challenge from multiple players this time. Five years ago, the fight was essentially between the TNA and the United People’s Freedom Alliance, […]

  • Sgt. Major Confesses to Grilling Journalist Ekneligoda Read more >

    Sgt. Major Confesses to Grilling Journalist Ekneligoda

    (Ekneligida was questioned about “family tree” publication and his alleged affiliations with Sarath Fonseka) The Criminal Investigation Department’s investigations into the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda made a vital breakthrough with the Sergeant Major who was arrested by the Police on Sunday confessing that he interrogated Eknaligoda at the Girithale Army camp. The Sergeant Major […]

  • Gota’s (other) War – Ranga Jayasuriya

    The former Defence Secretary and the former president’s brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is touted for giving leadership to defeat the Tamil Tigers. After the then government jailed and stripped military honours of former army chief Sarath Fonseka, Gotabaya and his elder sibling, ex-president Mahinda claimed for the exclusive rights of the military victory. Gotabaya, indeed, played […]

  • Eknaligoda Abduction: Another Suspect in Custody Read more >

    Eknaligoda Abduction: Another Suspect in Custody

    An Army Sergeant Major believed to have been involved in the mysterious abduction of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda was taken into the custody at Kurunegala yesterday. The Sergeant Major was arrested as a result of an urgent inquiry conducted by the CID yesterday, Police Headquarters sources said. Two former LTTE cadres were taken into custody by […]

  • Sri Lanka’s UNP Likely to Get Most Seats in August Polls: Scenario Analysis

    SCENARIOS:  Possible scenarios for Sri Lanka’s parliamentary polls ECONOMYNEXT – In a scenario analysis by our political correspondent on the 2015 parliamentary polls, the United National Party is leading on three probable outcomes but without a simple majority of 113 in the 225-member parliament. Our political correspondent has analysed three scenarios covering the best case for […]

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