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Constitution-making – here we go again! – Sakuntala Kadiragamer

The Ministry of Justice issued an invitation to the public to submit proposals for consideration by an expert committee established to draft a new...

Any deviation from the path towards a political solution will spell doom to all Sri Lankans – M.A. Sumanthiran. MP- TNA

Image: TNA parliamentary group led by its leader R.Sampanthan meeting former president M. Sirisena to discuss issues related to devolution of powers. (file) " The...

At this moment the Country needs a New Constitution and not a Presidential Elections – Mr. Sampanthan.

The European Union Delegation Comprising of Mr Riccardo Chelleri, (Policy Officer Democracy and Electoral Observation) and Ms. Anne Vaugier Chatterjee (Deputy Head, Political, Trade,and...

Sri Lanka: Roads and buildings cannot substitute for power in the people’s hands – M.A. Sumanthiran

Today in this House it is the UNP that is in Government. The responsibility is with you. The Prime Minister became the Chairman of the...

Sri Lanka: How not to make a new constitution.

The Constitutional Expert Committee’s report, which was tabled in the Sri Lankan parliament on Friday abolishes the powerful Executive Presidency and replaces it by...

Sri Lanka: Legislative lane for new Constitution faces snags

Steering Committee unable to reach an agreement on draft PM asks Constitutional Assembly and public to decide fate of the process Acknowledges taking...

The draft Constitution for Sri Lanka will be presented before 4th of February 2019.

Image:  Member of the European Parliament and of the Friends of Sri Lanka group in the European Parliament Hon Geoffrey Van Orden met with TNA today...

Sri Lanka agreed to UNHRC resolutions and it is not possible to go back on this promise. – M. A. Sumanthiran

There is consensus on power devolution at Steering Committee Three tier of governance proposed  We still have hope on constitution making process Once...

Cannot entertain any further undue delays in the constitutional reform – TNA

TNA leader Sampanthan says that " We cannot entertain any further undue delays in this matter the draft Constitution must be presented to parliament and...

Full text of the draft 20th amendment to the constitution of Sri Lanka

The full text of the  proposal for the 20th amendment to the Constitution that includes a proposal to abolish executive presidency fellows as a...

FIRST DRAFT TO BE PRESENTED ON THURSDAY

The first draft of the new Constitution will be presented to the Steering Committee on Thursday, May 24, after much interruption, Tamil National Alliance...

TNA emphasizes need for power sharing and early end to constitution making process

Image: TNA  meeting EU delegation. ( TNA photo) (Press release/05 April 2018) A European delegation comprising of six members including the Standing Rapporteur for South...

R. Sampanthan’s full speech at the No Confidence Motion debate

The Hon. Rajavarothiam Sampanthan - Leader of the Opposition). Mr. Speaker, we are debating today a Motion of No-Confidence against no less a person than...

Report: Transitional Justice and Constitutional Reform: Sri Lanka as the Cross Roads

Introduction.  With less than two years to the next Presidential election, Sri Lanka is facing one of the most serious political crisis in recent times....

The political crisis in Sri Lanka will likely end in a reconfiguration of coalition forces

Jayadeva Uyangoda. ( The Hundu) Sri Lanka’s local government election held on February 10 has become more than a mid-term poll that usually helps the opposition. Rather,...

Independence Day message: TNA calls on all political parties & leaders to cooperate to adopt a new Constitution

R. Sampanthan. With gratitude to our forefathers who fought for independence, I issue this message on 70th Independence Day of our Country. We are at a...

Local authority elections and Reality check in Sri Lanka

Meera Srinivasan. Local government elections this month will have a bearing on the coalition government in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s local government elections, scheduled to be held...

Mourning the death of Reform Agenda in Sri Lanka

  By Arjuna Ranawana. When President Maithripala Sirisena took office three years ago he voluntarily surrendered most of the powers of the executive presidency to the...

Thaipongal greetings: Sampanthan wishes that new constitution will be enacted this year

R.Sampanthan. My heartiest Thaipongal wishes to all Tamil people who live in Sri Lanka and abroad. As a new year begins, there are many expectations in...

The Constitution conundrum in Sri Lanka – Jayadeva Uyangoda

Image@ “The cold war between President Maithripala Sirisena (left) and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is likely to further weaken the government’s capacity to advance constitutional...

Mr. Rajapaksa, If you want capture power do it in some other way, we have no problem – Sampanthan

Image courtesy of Asian Mirror (file photo). By R.Sampanthan. Mr. Speaker, I want to commence my speech by congratulating the Finance Minister, the Hon. Mangala Samaraweera...

“I have the genuine fear, if the national question is not resolved …” Sampanthan’s speech on constitutional reform

Rajavarothiam Sampanthan - Leader of the Opposition. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We are debating the Interim Report submitted to the Constitutional Assembly by the...

New constitution: Let us reach out for each others’ hands, across community and party lines – Mangala Samaraweera

Mangala Samaraweera. All of us here in this House are representatives elected by the people of this great country – people from different communities, speaking...

This is the first time a party representing Tamils is agreeing to constitutional proposals

M.A. Sumanthiran. Thank you, Sir. Prior to that brief interruption, I was saying that this is the first time, even though it is only at...

‘Lanka Tamils agreeing to Constitutional proposals historic’ – Sampanthan

Image:Tamil National Alliance's M A Sumanthiran . Colombo, Oct 30 Tamil political representatives' acceptance of proposals in the interim report of the Constitutional Assembly represents...

Lawyers for Democracy responses to BASL on the constitution making process

(28  October 2017/LfD)It was reported that the Bar Council of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, at a special meeting, held on 23rd October...

Consensus on unitary state & abolition of presidentialism necessary for a new constitution – Asanga Welikala

Image: The absence of a policy and strategy of political communication aimed at sustaining public knowledge, engagement, and support for reform has led to the...

Sirisena gets into political hot water as elections approach

Image:Police tackle Tamil demonstrators showing black flags to Sirisena in Jaffna, Photo: Tamil Guardian. P K Balachandran. Elections to the Sri Lankan local bodies and Provincial...

New constitution & reconciliation : Sri Lankan diaspora communities can make a vital contribution

Image: Different but equal (file photo of a agitation held in Colombo) "Our Constitution should help foster a society that nurtures a culture of peace based...

Electoral process alone cannot ensure democratic governance; it quite often serve to retain majoritariansm

R. Sampanthan. I consider it a great privilege that I as the Leader of the Opposition have with the Hon .Prime Minister been able to...
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