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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...

Blow-By-Blow: How the AG Led The Prevention Of A Coup On Jan 8, 2015 in Sri Lanka

By now the narrative of a peaceful transition of power between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the newly elected government has largely taken root....

Sri Lanka Bans Top Judge From Conference Over Coup Claim

COLOMBO--Sri Lanka's attorney general barred the country's chief justice from attending a regional conference on Monday after allegations he tried to help the former...

Expose The Old Regime To Risk Its Return – by Ranga Kalansuriya

Our ‘democratic spring’ could well be short lived President Maithripala Sirisena has asked exiled journalists to return, promising an end to attacks on media and...

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,...

 Inclusive Governance Will Be Sri Lanka’s New Mantra – Rajiva Wijesinha

There were many firsts in the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in Sri Lanka: An incumbent president was defeated; parties specifically representing different races...

Sri Lanka : BASL Demands CJ’s Resignation

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has once again demanded the resignation of Chief Justice Mohan Peiris over his alleged involvement in a...

Sri Lanka: Who Will Play the Watchdog Role ?

by Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya - I was watching a political ‘debate’ on a private TV channel last night, but got entirely confused and frightened. What...

Sri Lanka: Vasu, DEW & Tissa Blame Propaganda; Silent On Rajapaksa Autocracy!

Speaking at at a Press conferences  old left allies of the defeated Rajapaksa regime had  blamed the '  highly centralized SLFP propaganda project for...

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Letter Of Resignation

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa officially announced that he has resigned from his position as the Leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). Rajapaksa has...

Sri Lanka: National Executive Council Discuss Implementation of 100- Day Reforms

Jan 15, Colombo: The National Executive Council, set up to strengthen democracy, met for the first time Thursday at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss...

Taking Stock: Presidential Election 2015 – By Lionel Bopage

By far the most important issue for the constituents of Sri Lanka at the last week’s presidential election was about opening a pathway for...

IFJ Congratulates New Sri Lankan President, Urges Media Freedom

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) heartily congratulates newly elected Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. The IFJ calls on President Sirisena to ensure he...

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 New Cabinet, But Political Balance Still Precarious

 by Laksiri Fernando- The election victory of the common opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, can be characterized as a victory for democracy in its broadest meaning...

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...

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...

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...

New President in Sri Lanka Puts China’s Plans in Check

Sri Lanka's newly elected president Maithripala Sirisena arrives at the Election Commission office in Colombo on January 9, 2015 (Agence France-Presse photo) Ellen Barry, The...

Presidential Contest Did Not Comply With All The Key Benchmarks For Democratic Elections – CW

Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2015 Interim Statement -  Commonwealth Observer Group Statement by: Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group The Commonwealth Observer Group...

Sri Lanka’s New President Welcomes Dissidents Home

By Amal Jayasinghe- Newspapers for sale are seen at a stall in Colombo on January 10, 2015, featuring headlines about Sri Lanka's new president Maithripala...

730 Days of Vilification Ends Today; Justice Grows Near – Shirani A. Bandaranayake

(Dr. Shirani A. Bandaranayake) The 9th of January marks 2 years since the unjust and unlawful impeachment vote was taken up in Parliament. It is...

TNA welcomes New President ; Calls for An Honourable Resolution of the National Question

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) extends its warmest congratulations to President-Elect Mr Maithripala Sirisena. The TNA extends to the people of Sri Lanka – in...

Meet Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka’s President-Elect

Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sisirena, Sri Lanka’s president-elect, was a low-profile cabinet colleague of longtime president Mahinda Rajapaksa until he switched sides to become...

Ranil Speaks On Post Election Plans

In an email interview with the Dailymirror, the leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the SLFPers dissatisfied with Mahinda...

Election Violence: Presidential Election Day Communiqué 1 – CMEV

Polling for the Presidential Election 2015 commenced at 7am. One incident of an explosion was reported during this period from Point Pedro, Jaffna. CMEV...

IFJ Voncerned At Surge In Election-Related Violence In Sri Lanka

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expresses its concern over an escalation of violence ahead of the Sri Lankan presidential election today and reiterates...

Sri Lanka: Death Threats Against Activists Highlight Risk Of Violence Around Elections

(Brito Fernando) Sri Lankan authorities must hold to account those who threatened three prominent activists with death today and ensure that tomorrow’s presidential elections passes...

Journalist Assaulted by Presidential Security Division

A journalist attached to the Wijeya Newspaper Group had been assaulted and his Media Accreditation Card taken last night, after one of his colleagues...

JVP To Place Agents In Polling Booths

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have come to an agreement where the JVP would send its agents to polling...
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