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Sri Lanka’s Other COVID-19 Crisis: Is Parliamentary Democracy at Risk? -Alan Keenan

The Sri Lankan government has declared its intention to rule without parliamentary oversight for the first time in the country’s modern history, potentially sparking...

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Friday Forum: AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT. Mr President, the coronavirus pandemic has been declared a national and global public health emergency by the WHO....

Please, President, enough with the politics. Do not fear democracy – Mangala Samaraweera

On 23 March, the Secretary to the Treasury released the Pre-Election Budgetary Position report as required by law. On 30 March, further to preliminary...

CPA files FR petition challenging dissolution of Parliament and polls date

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu filed a Fundamental Rights application challenging the decision of H.E the...

A constitutional solution to the impending constitutional crisis – Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda.

Image: The President could perhaps respond positively to the joint opposition statement offering ‘responsible cooperation’. The threefold crisis The threefold crisis that our country faces—...

Sri Lanka: President’s proclamation dissolving the parliament has to be treated as null and void. – Lawyers for Democracy.

Lawyers for Democracy views with deep concern the failure of the President to summon Parliament under Article 70(7) of the constitution.  Article 70(7) of...

Seven Opposition party leaders tell President: “Reconvene the parliament, will support legitimate actions to face the pandemic.”

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Church leaders calls on President to reconvene the parliament in order to avert a dangerous constitutional crisis.

In a singed letter the heads of churches under the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) have requested  the President Rajapaksa to  revoke...

Sri lanka: JVP leader urges President to reconvene Parliament

COLOMBO (News1st): The leader of Sri Lanka’s far-left People’s Liberation Front (JVP), on Sunday, urged the President to reconvene Parliament, warning he would fight...

US urges responsible and quick end to Sri Lanka crisis

Image: US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina Teplitz . New Ambassador says global trust, confidence and reputation of SL at stake with political impasse causing serious...

Sri Lanka: President should beg pardon from country for political crime he committed. – Anura Kumara

At the very moment the political conspiracy was committed with the mediation of President Maithripala Sirisena, the JVP resolved that the political conspiracy would...

The Court of Appeal decision Petition against appointment of PM and ministers

In the case at hand before this Court, the 122 Petitioner members of the 225 member Parliament state that a no-confidence motion was passed...

Lawyers for Democracy Responses to Mahinda Rajapakse’s Misleading Statement

3RD DECEMBER 2018. Lawyers for Democracy Response to Mahinda Rajapakse’s Misleading Statement made in the wake of the Supreme Court case. Lawyers for Democracy expresses its...

Sri Lanka court denies Rajapakse authority to act as PM

Dec 03, 2018 . AFP - A court in Sri Lanka suspended Mahinda Rajapakse's powers as prime minister on Monday and ruled his disputed cabinet...

The Removal of the Prime Minister and the Dissolution of Parliament: A Legal Opinion

Image: From Vikalpa. This legal opinion was prepared by Gehan Gunatilleke, Dinesha Samararatne, Kalana Senaratne and Asanga Welikala in response to a request made by Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne,...

Sri Lanka President seeks exit strategy as Mahinda fails majority test

ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena appeared to have softened his hardline position and was seeking a face-saving exit from the political crisis of his...

Sri Lanka’s civil resistance awakens, like the phoenix from the ashes – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena

Despite the undeniable shock caused to Sri Lanka’s democratic system on October 26th 2018 as a result of President Maithripala Sirisena’s swearing in of...

TNA urges Sirisena to take a swift, considered decision

Sampanthan points to impending court cases. The mounting pressure of an impending Supreme Court verdict on his dissolution of Parliament, and the lack of majority...

TNA to Sirisena: The ITAK, will support the restoration of a Govt. headed by the U.N.F

Image: TNA leader Sampanthan with Prez Sirisena. ( the Economic Times). 29th November 2018. His Excellency Maithiripala Sirisena President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Presidential...

Looming prospect of targeted sanctions: How appropriate are they ? – Ranga Jayasuriya

Not long ago, the stooges of Mahinda Rajapaksa, and MR himself, spewed some fanciful justifications for the contested ( and obviously unethical) sacking of...

Will the Sri Lanka Left rise up to the occasion or will it too get wiped out before public anger? – ...

Since independence, our country has been ruled by Right and Center-Right parties. The latter was, however, mistaken as Center - Left on account of...

‘JVP and TNA must fight together’ – Anura Kumara, JVP

Anura Kumara Dissanayake. File photo.   | Photo Credit: Meera Srinivasan . Sri Lanka’s Leftist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or the People’s Liberation Front has been a...

British Labour Party shadow FM urges Sirisena to appoint PM through legal channels

Image:  Liz McInnes MP, ( Manchester Evening News) Liz McInnes MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Minister, responding to recent events in Sri Lanka, urged President Maithripala...

Sri Lanka is on the brink of economic anarchy and chaos: Mangala Samaraweera

Image: Civilian protests are ongoing against the Illegal moves by Sirisena. Nov 20, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says that...

Cabinet of Ministers shall stand dissolved, when Parliament passes a vote of no-confidence – Rajeev Amarasuriya

Rajeev Amarasuriya is an Attorney-at-Law in practice in the area of public law before the Superior Courts. He is a Fellow Member of the...

Sri Lanka: CID sleuth leading high-profile probes on scribe attacks transferred

Image: Journalists orgnisations hold a vigil for journalists killed in Sri Lanka ( File Photo) Criminal Investigations Department OIC – Gang Robberies Nishantha Silva has...

The palpable horror in the house by the Diyawanna – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

Image: pro Rajapaksa MP Weerawansa threatening police officers protecting speaker Jayasuriya. As pro-Rajapaksa parliamentarians threw water lethally spiced with red chillie into the eyes of...

Mahinda Rajapaksa loses trust vote again

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Sri Lanka PM Wickremesinghe mourns fate of democracy

Image: Sri Lanka police shielding speaker Karu Jayasuriya from the attack of Rajapaksa loyalists MPs, 16th Noc 2018. ( Photo AP) Warns public confidence in...

Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa’s MPs turned to violence in the face of 3rd defeat in a week!

Image: JVP MP Vijitha Herath being treated after he was assaulted with a constitution book! ( Tweeter photo) Several policemen and Parliamentarians were injured during...
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