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Samantha Power on celebration of Mangala Samaraweera: “Nevertheless!” and strive to build a better world.”

Image: Samantha Power speaking at the event to mark 30 years of Parliamentary Politics of Minister Mangala Samaraweera. (@MangalaLK) Full text of the speech delivered by...

The Crisis in Sri Lanka – Kanishka Goonewardena

Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks to the media on November 11, 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Paula Bronstein / Getty. “In the name of God, go!” Rarely...

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Sri Lanka heads for an uncertain future – Ranga Jayasuriya.

Image: Left groups wants Sirisena to be prosecuted for political coup he staged. (c)S.Deshapriya.. As a year of political upheaval and economic stagnation is winding...

Sri Lanka coup hastens prosecution of Rajapaksa envoy to Washington

Image: Jaliya W. and Mahinda Rajapaksa. Political Correspondent/ ECONOMYNEXT . Dec 24, 2018 , Sri Lanka’s October coup that brought former president Mahinda Rajapaksa briefly back to...

Sri Lankan lawmakers question Rajapaksa’s parliamentary seat

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Members of Sri Lanka's Parliament on Tuesday questioned whether Mahinda Rajapaksa, who recently quit as prime minister, can hold...

Restoration of political sanity in Sri Lanka – Jayadeva Uyangoda

Image: 24 day peaceful protest against Sirisena's constitutional coup came to an end with the news of Rajapaksa's resignation.(c)S.Deshapriya. But Sri Lanka’s biggest worry is...

Ranil Wickremesinghe reinstated as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister but power struggle continues

Image: Sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister ending 51-day political crisis.   | Photo Credit: Reuters. Meera Srinivasan . Mr. Wickremesinghe was sworn in by...

Sri Lanka Supreme Court ruling clips wings of president, demolishes AG

Image: The court took exception to the Attorney General claiming that the president had “plenary executive power -- a royal prerogative power which is subject...

Sri Lanka:Protesting for democracy, in their own way

Image: Civil society groups and activists hold placards during a protest demanding that democracy be restored in the country as they gather at the...

Media organisations silent on police investigation against activists speaking for justice

Sri Lanka media organisations so far failed to defend the freedom of expression rights of three prominent rights activists who are being investigated by...

FMM Condemns the abhorrent behavior in front of Lake House – Free Media Movement

Image: A UNP member of the Dehiowita Pradeshiya Sabha Sujith Chandana  was caught on tape assaulting. Media Release /2018 December 15. The Free Media Movement vehemently condemns...

Rajapakse ends standoff as Sri Lanka risked shutdown

Image: Sinhala language news paper headline few weeks ago: I will not stay as president even a hour if Ranil W. becomes the PM...

President Sirisena’s dissolution of Parliament illegal, rules Sri Lanka Supreme Court

Image: A protester at the on Sathyagrahaya against the dissolution preparing fire crackers just before the SC decision on 13 Dec 18. (c) S.Deshapriya. Meera...

Sri Lanka’s UNF expects Wickremesinghe re-appointment, JVP wants ‘coup’ leaders punished

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's United National Front expects appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe to be re-appointed Prime Minister while their opponents said a decision will be...

Ying and Yan of the present crisis in Sri Lanka – Sanjana Hattotuwa

Mahinda Rajapaksa issued two press releases on the 3rd of December. One in Sinhala, the other in English. The press release was in response to...

Why didn’t they tell Sirisena that? – Dr Nihal Jayawickrama

The President appears to believe that he still possesses the full executive powers he derived from the Constitution when he was elected to his...

A constitutional crisis is not a dispute between monks – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene.

Cartoon:  Courtesy of The Morning. President Maithripala Sirisena’s implied criticism of the Sri Lankan judiciary when speaking at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) convention...

Presidential bluff and brinkmanship: Who will blink? Who will collapse? – by Rajan Philips

  Image: Sculpture of a Sri Lanka parliament made of  ice , let to melt as a protest to Sirisena' s constitutional coup. ( Tweeter...

The Sri Lanka government may face both domestic and international opprobrium

Image: In the event of the President’s unwillingness to abide by the norms of democratic practice, the government will face both domestic and international...

The European & American Chambers of Commerce of Sri Lanka concerned over political uncertainty in SL

The European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL), the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in...

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’s coup without the guns and the implications on rule of law, democracy and reconciliation.- Sunanda Deshapriya

Image: A civil society initiative, Rise Up has mobilized citizens against the #CoupLK. Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena was hailed as Sri Lanka’s Mandela by...

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

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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...
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