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Amending 19th Amendment: Are we slashing the nose to spite the face?- Austin Fernando

Recently, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to amend/repeal (?) the 19th Amendment to the Constitution (hereinafter referred to as 19). The media divulged that...

Sri Lanka govt to abolish independent commissions and reconstitute the Constitutional Council

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has expressed an urgent need to reconstitute the Constitutional Council (CC) and has dismissed impendent institutions under the...

Sri Lanka should not undo democratic gains or roll back devolution in the Constitution – The Hindu

A two-thirds majority in the legislature is indeed a mandate for constitutional change, but the winner ought to decide whether the proposed change would...

Our first task will be to remove 19th Amendment – President Rajapaksa

Full text of President’s inaugural address of the 9th Parliament. The election held on August 5th marked a turning point in the history of Parliamentary...

‘As far as strategic security considerations go, Sri Lanka has an “India first” approach’ – Secretary, Foreign Ministry, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) just secured a landslide victory in parliamentary polls, bringing back Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister....

Two-faced government waiting for two-thirds majority, courtesy Ranil & Sirisena – Rajan Philips

Image: Maithripala Sirisena and his SLFP rump might get crushed in the internal clash over candidate selection. The government might be called two-faced, not in...

Sri Lanka: Amending the Constitution will be the first step to autocracy – Kumar David

Image: President Gotabaya is playing it cleverly. The Roman god Janus is depicted looking in two directions. (Photo: GR tweet) The most important portion of...

Sri Lanka: The powers and functions of the new president – Dr. Asanga Welikala

Misunderstanding our system of government will be the first step in the direction of future abuses of power and unconstitutional action. Sri Lanka will elect...

There is at present, no constitutionally established Court of Appeal – J.C. Weliamuna

Sri Lanka today faces another constitutional crisis. At the centre of the crisis is the dynamic between the Constitutional Council, a creation of the...

Sri Lanka: 19-Amendment, Sirisena govt.’s achievement, must be defended

By Harim Peiris. In January 2015, 6.2 million Sri Lankans voted for a new Sri Lanka, giving a mandate for far reaching reforms, even as...

Understanding the current regime – Sunil Bastian

Image:Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena at a religious ceremony, courtesy of Economy Next. Very soon it will be two years since the...

Sri Lanka: A monster in the making

Apologists for the incumbent government claim that some powers of the executive presidency have been curtailed. True, there has been some tinkering with the...

Sri Lanka: Grave Findings by Both UN Special Rapporteurs

In a notably pungent observation at the close of her mission visit to Sri Lanka this month, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the...

Polls Chief Gets Tough, Wants Assets Declarations Along With Nominations

Elections Commissioner (EC) Mahinda Deshapriya has requested prospective candidates of the forthcoming Parliamentary polls to hand in their assets declaration forms along with their...

the 19th Amendment and the Future of Sri Lanka – Prof. Savitri Goonesekere

Excellencies of the diplomatic community, Mr Abeykoon, Secretary to the President, officials of the Presidential Secretariat, ladies and gentleman, It may sound as if I...

The Nineteenth Amendment – Centrepiece of Good Governance – Jayantha Dhanapala

Distinguished members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ladies & Gentlemen, On behalf of His Excellency Maitripala Sirisena and my colleagues in the Presidential Secretariat, I have...

Sri Lanka: Who is Blocking Implementation of the 19th Amendment?

( Public campaign in support of the 19th Amendment) by Kishali Pinto Jayawardene. The Government’s reported proposal this week that the Constitutional Council under the 19th...

NM and the Executive Presidency – Prof. Vijaya Kumar

(N.M. Perera) June 6th marks the Birth Anniversary of Dr. N M Perera. This year is a birth anniversary that should be especially celebrated as...
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