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Fallout Of US-Sri Lanka Rapprochement

Stand not too close to the rich man lest he grabs thee and not too far away lest he forgets thee’ is the pragmatic maxim practiced by nations living in the shadows of big powers although the policy is not articulated in such terms. Sri Lanka is far away from the United States and the [...]

Catch Me If You Can

By Upul Kumarapperuma The main election slogans echoed at the Presidential Election campaign of Maithripala Sirisena against Mahinda Rajapaksa in January this year were corruption, unjust enrichment and other white-collar crimes of Rajapaksa family and their stalwarts. Sirisena and his alliance promised the country that he would bring all the wrong doers before the law [...]

Revisiting Reconciliation

By N. Sathiya Moorthy The ‘National Government’ has done well to get the UNHRC off the nation’s back for a second time since President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took office in January. US Assistant Secretary of State, Nisha Biswal’s recent Colombo announcement that the US would move a resolution at the UNHRC [...]

UNP Is Capable Of Forming A Government On Its Own – Akila Viraj Kariyawasam

By Waruni Karunarathne Deputy General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP), and MP elect for the Kurunegala District Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that there is no rush to form a national government as long as the outcome is positive. However, he added that failing to reach a consensus with the SLFP, the UNP has [...]

Opposition Leader Will Most Probably Be An SLFP MP – Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena

By Waruni Karunarathne SLFP national list nominee Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena who is in the pro-Sirisena group told The Sunday Leader that the current state of confusion is only due to a small faction of the SLFP who propagated the Mahinda Wind (Mahinda Sulanga) at the election – yet that will not affect the party’s stance [...]

National Government Is The Best Option For The Country – M. Nizam Kariapper

By Waruni Karunarathne Deputy Secretary General of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and Mayor of Kalmunai, M. Nizam Kariapper told The Sunday Leader that forming a national government is the best option especially in terms of carrying forward the mandate given by people for good governance at the Presidential Election in January. Failing to reach consensus of [...]

We Will Support UNP To Form A Stable Government – M.A. Sumanthiran

By Waruni Karunarathne The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna District parliamentarian elect, Attorney M.A. Sumanthiran told The Sunday Leader that the TNA has not changed their position on the demand for a federal form of governance. It is also noteworthy that the TNA, a party at times defined as a male chauvinist political party has [...]

Takeaways From Sri Lanka General Election

By Col. R. Hariharan After the din of recently concluded general election in Sri Lanka is over, the United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as Sri Lanka’s prime minister. He is poised to work with a national unity government. There are eight takeaways from the election and its aftermath that can [...]

Fisheries Funds Spent To Boost Rajapaksa Image

Image boosting not a waste of money, insists former deputy minister By Nirmala Kannangara The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) regime is accused of lavishly spending millions of rupees to build Rajapaksa’s image in order to reinforce the party’s attempt to hang on to power by deceiving people with public funds. Such an incident was [...]

Former COPE Chairman Denies Clearing Dilan

By Nirmala Kannangara The appointment of defeated candidates through the national list and the election of some candidates who are accused of large scale frauds and malpractices during the previous Rajapaksa regime to the parliament have raised fear among the public that they may be appointed to key ministerial portfolios in the national government. One [...]

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