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Presidential Election 2015

Presidential Election 2015

  • Next Election Under a New Electoral System Read more >

    Next Election Under a New Electoral System

    [Cabinet Media Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne] Speaking at the Cabinet media briefing today, Cabinet Media Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne elaborated on a new electoral system. The Minister added that a decision was arrived at following discussions between the President, Attorney General, Elections Commissioner and relevant factions, to introduce a new electoral system. The president had […]

  • After Nugegoda – What?

    By Izeth Hussain– The recent Nugegoda rally in favour of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would of course have been meticulously organized, but all the same the immensity of the crowd that assembled there was beyond dispute immensely impressive. It becomes all the more impressive when we bear in mind that the organizers did not have […]

  • The Draft Right to Information Act of Sri Lanka Read more >

    The Draft Right to Information Act of Sri Lanka

    The new government of Sri Lanka has made the draft for Right to Information Act available for the people for their feed back. The draft has come under criticism from some activists  on the basis that it does not provide full disclosure and secrecy clauses are too wide. The draft RTI of Sri Lanka: Draft […]

  • The Fear Has Gone’ – Sri Lankans Hope for Peace and Reform Under New President Read more >

    The Fear Has Gone’ – Sri Lankans Hope for Peace and Reform Under New President

    the guardian./ason Burke in Colombo Maithripala Sirisena’s election victory in January has brought optimism to Colombo after nine years of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s controversial and divisive rule Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena gestures to supporters after speaking outside the Buddhist Temple of Tooth in the central town of Kandy, Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena gestures to […]

  • Beating the Communal Drum by Hardcore Sinhala Nationalists Read more >

    Beating the Communal Drum by Hardcore Sinhala Nationalists

    [Dayan Jayatilleke reading Rajapaks’s message at the meeting] by Achintaka – Yesterday’s rally in Nugegoda organised by the hard-core Sinhala nationalists, i.e. Weerawansa, Dinesh, Gammanpila and Vasudeva with the blessings of former President Mahinda Rajapakse and their pseudo intellectual appendage Dayan Jayatilleke reminds us that the politicians who made a life out of Sinhala communalism/nationalism […]

  • Rebuilding Institutions in the Transition from Soft Authoritarianism  – Jayadeva Uyangoda Read more >

    Rebuilding Institutions in the Transition from Soft Authoritarianism – Jayadeva Uyangoda

    A political goal that warrants sustained attention of the new Sri Lankan government as well as the democratic reform constituencies is the rebuilding of public institutions of democratic governance, accountability, autonomy, and checks and balances. Democratic governance requires the presence of institutions of governance that are strong enough to withstand the pressures of authoritarian regimes […]

  • Ranil and the UNP are Risking the Present Unanimity in the Current Parliament

    by Rajan Philips- “We have failed in the essential task of nation building,” said President Chandrika Kumaratunga in her speech to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence. That was in 1998. Seventeen years later, on Independence Day last week, President Maithripala Sirisena soul searchingly spoke of our “great responsibility and duty … today […]

  • Mahinda’s Defeat and Consolidation of Power Read more >

    Mahinda’s Defeat and Consolidation of Power

    [Rajapaksa speaking to supporters at his home after the defeat] by Kalana Senavirathana – In the early weeks of November 2014, it seemed somewhat clear that Mahinda Rajapaksa was set to rule the country for at least another six years. But on January 8, 2015 when he finally went to cast his vote with the […]

  • More Disclosures On Previous Govt’s Private Army  & Its Role In The Election Read more >

    More Disclosures On Previous Govt’s Private Army & Its Role In The Election

    By Sunday Times Political Editor- PM directs Minister of State for Defence to conduct full probe, CID detectives question retired senior military officers More details of heavily armed private security companies conducting election work for Rajapaksa National Executive Council finalises Constitutional changes; Maithripala to retain some executive powers; Ranil to head government Prime Minister Ranil […]

  • Sri Lanka: Special Unit To Investigate Attacks On Media Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Special Unit To Investigate Attacks On Media

    The National Executive Council today approved the formation of a special unit to investigate the attacks on the media over the past couple of years. National Executive Council member and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the special unit will investigate the murder of journalists Lasantha Wickremethunga and Dharmeratnam Sivaram, the […]

  • The Putins Of The World Should Be Terrified By What Just Happened In Sri Lanka Read more >

    The Putins Of The World Should Be Terrified By What Just Happened In Sri Lanka

    [Supporters of victorious opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena celebrate in Colombo ( Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images) ]  Updated by Amanda Taub – In retrospect, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa probably regrets his decision to campaign for reelection on the slogan that voters should stick with his administration because he was a “known devil” and his opponent […]

  • Sri Lanka’s New Presidency : Political Parties Express Their Positions Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s New Presidency : Political Parties Express Their Positions

    [Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at the parliament today] Ranil Wickremesinghe:Radical Changes to the Constitution “I specially mention that the solution would not be detrimental to the unitary status of the country. We will introduce the 19th Amendment to the constitution repealing the provisions of the 18th amendment to establish independent commissions and bring about a solution […]

  • Post-Election Violence Continues – CaFFE Wants Stern Action

    Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) strongly condemns the attack on Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) office in Agalawatte and the assault of a Pradesheeya Sabha member on Sunday by United National Party (UNP) MP Palitha Thewarapperuma. According to information received Thewarapperuma arrived with a group of supporters and disrupted an event to mark […]

  • Sri Lanka: When Democracy Stood Upon a Razor’s Edge Read more >

    Sri Lanka: When Democracy Stood Upon a Razor’s Edge

    Dharisha Bastians– ‘By all accounts, Asia’s oldest democracy stood at grave risk one week ago. The courage of a few public servants and military chiefs, who decided at the eleventh hour that the time was right to speak truth to power, may have saved the day. Without their determination, Sri Lankans may well have woken […]

  • Sri Lanka: Who Will Play the Watchdog Role ? Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Who Will Play the Watchdog Role ?

    [Who will speak for them: agitating students in Sri Lanka] by Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya – I was watching a political ‘debate’ on a private TV channel last night, but got entirely confused and frightened. What used to be a heated debate earlier has turned out to be a non-debate, where all participants were taking a […]

  • Did Mahinda Believe He Will Win? Read more >

    Did Mahinda Believe He Will Win?

    by Vishawamithra 1984 – “Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.” -George Orwell Yes, he did. It was not only a hope or wish. It was a strong conviction and belief that he would win and win convincingly. He was a hardened “street-smart“ politician with over 45 years of experience in politics. He had held […]

  • Sri lanka: Cloud Coup-Coup Land? Read more >

    Sri lanka: Cloud Coup-Coup Land?

    The next few steps look anything but orderly TAKE nothing for granted in Sri Lankan politics. Early on January 9th, to the surprise of almost everybody, Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat in the presidential election conducted the day before. He promised an orderly transition of power and won praise for his unexpected graciousness. In the days […]

  • Sri Lanka: New Cabinet Of Ministers Appointed Read more >

    Sri Lanka: New Cabinet Of Ministers Appointed

    President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a new cabinet today and  swearing ceremony took place  at the Presidential Secretariat. The  new cabinet Prime Mininser Ranil Wickremesinghe – Minister of Planning and Economic Development John Amaratunga – Minister of Law and Order, disaster management and Christian religious affairs Joseph Michael Perera – Minister of Home Affairs Gamini Jayawickrema […]

  • Sri Lanka Post Election Violence: 11 Major Incidents Reported

     by Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) January 2015 CMEV continued to monitor the post election situation and note several incidents reported in the period 9-12 January. At present CMEV has recorded 11 major incidents and 6 incidents in the post poll period. There is one casualty from post poll violence and several instances of […]

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