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  • SLMC betrayal: Muslims should return to mainstream parties Read more >

    SLMC betrayal: Muslims should return to mainstream parties

    Hakeem SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem addressing an election campaign rally. Latheef Farook It was deliberate deception and calculated betrayal by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.�This is how most Muslims describe the SLMC’s decision to join the very party – in this instance the ruling United Peoples Front Alliance (UPFA) — which it severely criticised to […]

  • UNP: Key LRRC recommendations not implemented Read more >

    UNP: Key LRRC recommendations not implemented

    No independent commissions appointed The government had not implemented the key recommendations of its very own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission(LLRC) yet and was fighting shy of facing the United Nations Human Rights Commission(UNHRC), the UNP said yesterday. It was the Rajapaksa regime that had asked the UNHRC for time to implement the LLRC recommendations […]

  • Fonny dances to Western tunes again Read more >

    Fonny dances to Western tunes again

    SO cortoon Sarath Fonseka has again attempted to undermine the supreme sacrifices made by soldiers of the same Army he once commanded. Exploiting the special Presidential pardon that enabled him to leave prison with more than three years of his full five-and-a-half-year jail term left, Fonseka is now attempting to play the role of a […]

  • No More Diplomatic Appointments – Tamara Kunanayakam Read more >

    No More Diplomatic Appointments – Tamara Kunanayakam

    Ambassador Tamara Manimehalai Kunanayakam, presently the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka Mission in Geneva had categorically stated that she is no more interested in holding any diplomatic position.  She said that she is not going to accept the position of Ambassador either to Cuba or Brazil and also not interested in continuing as the Head […]

  • LLRC implementation: Now the Government tells NGOs, COME WITH US! Read more >

    LLRC implementation: Now the Government tells NGOs, COME WITH US!

    By Namini WijedasaThe government will involve NGO critics in the drafting of its action plan on implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, a key presidential adviser said last week.      Mohan Pieris, the former attorney general, revealed details of what he called the ‘preliminaries to the main action plan’ in an interview […]

  • Guided democracy Read more >

    Guided democracy

    ”These far reaching reforms were not the result of any home-grown proposal. In fact, no group or political association in the country asked for it. Indeed, the largest of them, the Ceylon National Congress, opposed the extension of the franchise.”by Shanie “In the Renaissance of my life the cries of the damned crowded my ears. […]

  • What’s next for General Fonseka? Read more >

    What’s next for General Fonseka?

    Mohamed Hisham”Yet, he will have to manage the charisma, admiration and respect he commands across the country and importantly from every part of the society to maneuver through the rough political terrains in bringing together , the young and old, ambitious and reserved, Northern and Southern, rich and poor, friends and old-friends, young people and […]

  • Sri Lanka: The Sarath Fonseka Riddle – Analysis Read more >

    Sri Lanka: The Sarath Fonseka Riddle – Analysis

    By Dr. Kumar DavidWhy did President Mahinda Rajapakse, this week, release on presidential pardon, his arch rival and supposed war hero General Sarath Fonseka (SF), imprisoned by a military tribunal in a process which most perceive as a kangaroo court, and on charges that carry little credence in the public mind? Questions of miscarriage of […]

  • SF to form a new party and to  join a common opposition Read more >

    SF to form a new party and to join a common opposition

    Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, who was released on a special presidential pardon on Monday, is to form a new political party named, ‘Democratic Party’ led by him, MP Jayantha Ketagoda said. “We have already forwarded the application to the Elections Secretariat for registration and awaiting its approval,” said Mr. Ketagoda, who is the Chairman […]

  • JHU wary of Western moves amidst SF’s release Read more >

    JHU wary of Western moves amidst SF’s release

    In the wake of Gen. Sarath Fonseka’s release, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) warned that the government would have to carefully watch how Western powers reacted to the latest development. The JHU’s National Organizer, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe told The Island that the impact of the former army commander’s unexpected release on the political scene should […]

  • Reloading General Sarath Fonseka for a post-paid Sinhala package Read more >

    Reloading General Sarath Fonseka for a post-paid Sinhala package

    Kusal Perera The V-Day celebrations were on, as this piece was written. A military victory being commemorated at the Galle face esplanade, celebrated as the 3rd anniversary of defeating the LTTE “terrorism”. President Rajapaksa bragged about what positives the military victory brought to this country. No more barricades on the Galle Road, he says. Fishermen […]

  • SF free, battle on for civic rights Read more >

    SF free, battle on for civic rights

    Former Army Commander and defeated presidential candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka was released from prison yesterday evening amidst cheers from a large number of his supporters who thronged the streets near the Welikada Prison waving flags and shouting slogans. Gen. Fonseka, making a brief speech, thanked all those who had fought for his release. Indicating his desire […]

  • SF no threat to MR – Wimal Read more >

    SF no threat to MR – Wimal

    National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday said that General Sarath Fonseka would not be a major threat to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the future. Fonseka’s popularity had reached the zenith when he contested the Presidential polls, he said.Minister Weerawansa said Opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe’s remarkable ability to tackle complex political issues in the midst […]

  • Govt. should reveal list of ministers -JVP Read more >

    Govt. should reveal list of ministers -JVP

    The JVP demanded that the government reveal the list of ministers who influenced the President to arrest former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka.  Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake alleged that the President had claimed that it was due to the influence of certain ministers’ that Sarath Fonseka was brought before Court.“While […]

  • I am safe among people – SF Read more >

    I am safe among people – SF

    Former army Commander Sarath Fonseka, who walked out a free man yesterday, said he will be safe among people, and those who are well aware of the service he  rendered to the nation, will protect him.   “I have immense confidence in people and I honestly feel they will not jeopardize me” a jubilant Sarath […]

  • Sri Lanka Releases Ex-Army Chief From Prison Read more >

    Sri Lanka Releases Ex-Army Chief From Prison

    The former Sri Lankan army chief, Sarath Fonseka, who had spent nearly two years in prison after running a failed campaign for president, was freed on Monday. His release came as the Sri Lankan government has been increasingly criticized for trampling on civil liberties and human rights.Sri Lankan television showed General Fonseka leaving prison on […]

  • Sri Lanka share down, investors eye Fonseka release Read more >

    Sri Lanka share down, investors eye Fonseka release

    * Investors await for directions after Fonseka release* Volume slumps to five-week low* Sediment hit by interest rates, rupee volatility* Rupee down on importer dollar demandCOLOMBO, May 21 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan stocks fell on Monday in thin volume as investors awaited direction on the political front from the release of former army chief Sarath […]

  • Fonseka released with strings attached Read more >

    Fonseka released with strings attached

    The former Sri Lankan Army chief, Sarath Fonseka, walked out of the high-security Welikada prison on Monday into a crowd of supporters and cadre from the United National Party and the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna. The presidential pardon is conditional. He cannot vote or contest election for the next seven years.Thousands of ardent supporters had gathered […]

  • President releases rival general Read more >

    President releases rival general

    COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s President has ordered the release of his jailed electoral rival, the former army chief Sarath Fonseka, bowing to US demands three years after the end of the island’s long Tamil civil war. The former four-star general will be able to leave prison today after formalities are completed, an official said yesterday, after […]

  • Sri Lanka frees former army leader Fonseka Read more >

    Sri Lanka frees former army leader Fonseka

     (CNN) Sarath Fonseka, the former head of the armed forces in Sri Lanka, was released from prison Monday. A military court-martial in 2010 sentenced him to 30 months in jail for irregular procurements during his time in charge of the army. A previous court-martial had stripped him of his title of general and deprived him […]

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