Group of 16 feels Mahinda must be made PM – Dayasiri

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The split from the Government by 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members, including some Ministers, created ripples in the political arena. Now known as the ‘Group of 16′, the former Government members are determined to see the exit of Ranil Wickremesinghe from the Prime Minister’s seat. Group of 16 member and former [...]

“Buddhist monks are a reflection of the divisions in a divided society”

By Taylor Dibbert Jehan Perera is the Executive Director of the National Peace Council, a nongovernmental organization based in Colombo. We’ve witnessed significant political volatility since the local government elections in February. Where do things stand at the moment? Will the power-sharing arrangement between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party [...]

Majority in favour of new UNP leadership – Mujibur Rahman

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The rift in the United National Party (UNP) continued last week with a group of UNP Parliamentarians pushing for a leadership change and refusing to accept the recent party reforms. UNP Parliamentarian Mujibur Rahman told The Sunday Leader that the Ruwan Wijewardene committee proposals for reforms in the UNP must be implemented in [...]

We will never support racism – Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the Government showed their inability to properly govern the country through the irresponsible way they controlled the communal violence in Kandy. He said the government should have carried out a proper plan based on the information they received from the security forces but not after many areas [...]

Extremism gaining strength and moderation weakening – Suren Surendiran

By Easwaran Rutnam   The recent local government elections and statements made by the government as well as some of their actions have been seen as having a negative impact on the reconciliation process. Tamil diaspora groups like the very influential Global Tamil Forum in London have expressed frustration at how the unity government has [...]

Army cannot interfere in our matters – C.V. Wigneswaran

By Taylor Dibbert C.V. Wigneswaran is the chief minister of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka and a member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Maithripala Sirisena became president three years ago. What are the principal challenges for people living in the Northern Province? No doubt [...]

Government failed to meet expectations of the public – Nimal Lanza

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Gampaha District Parliamentarian Nimal Lanza says the Government failed to meet the expectations of the public. The former Deputy Minister, who had resigned from the Government recently and joined the joint opposition, said that he had decided to leave the Government as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) [...]

Those who cannot work with the Government can leave – Ranjith Madduma Bandara

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya This week marks three years since President Maithripala Sirisena won the 2015 Presidential elections and the unity Government was formed. Three years on, some members of the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have expressed their unwillingness to work together. Minister of Public Administration and Management Ranjith [...]

We can’t abandon things, says Sampanthan

By Meera Srinivasan R. Sampanthan, leader of the Opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament, is also the country’s seniormost politician, having been in politics for more than six decades. In the January 2015 presidential poll, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) he leads backed the President Maithripala Sirisena–Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe combine that ousted former President Mahinda [...]

No room for LTTE resurgence – Major General D.D.U.K Hettiarachchi

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya in Jaffna The military is confident there is no room for an LTTE resurgence in the North and that claims of the LTTE launching another war in Sri Lanka are only rumours. Jaffna Security Forces Commander, Major General D.D.U.K Hettiarachchi told The Sunday Leader online that some groups are spreading rumours in [...]

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