10th November 2002, Volume 9, Issue 17
















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The Prime Minister's fight back

By Suranimala

While Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe moved to consolidate the gains made on the peace front in Thailand with a budget aimed at stabilising and developing the economy to withstand the storms ahead, the President shifted gear and made the best of a politically bad situation for the PA by claiming credit for the successes on the peace process.

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PA plan to oust PM fails

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti

The opposition’s  frantic attempts to  lobby support from  government legislators and members of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe came a cropper last week, with the members revealing offers made to them of portfolios and other benefits to switch camps.

The plan hatched by the President and leading members of the PA unravelled after the SLMC rebel MPs struck a deal with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday (8) and agreed to call off their boycott of parliament.

Is the grass greener on the other side? D. M. Dassanayake seems to be inquiring from his Anamaduwa rival Ranga Bandara. The two who fought tooth and nail and reduced Anamaduwa to a war zone during elections, had nothing but smiles for each other during the post budget tea party. The two however told photographers not to take pictures and it was Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s entry to their midst that allowed the opportunity to click.

Photo by Berty Mendis

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spotlightpic1.jpg (25534 bytes)The ‘rich brats’ five star brawl

By Frederica Jansz

Allegations are being flung by two heavyweight backers of the United National Front (UNF) government after a ‘rich brats brawl’ broke out at the Trans Asia Hotel last Sunday. Literally caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s commitment to transparency and accountability was being challenged by none other than his cousin and confidante Ruwan Wijeywardena and trusted supporter and friend, Ravi Wettasinghe as both appealed to the Premier to intervene in the kerfuffle.

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