Month: November 2018

Sajith chant revs up

Amidst the intensifying political crisis in the country, a cross-section of Parliamentarians of the United National Party (UNP) openly requested Party Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa to be the UNP Leader and the Prime Ministerial Candidate of the UNP in any General Election in the future.

Return all your vehicles, public property

President Maithripala Sirisena has asked that all former MPs, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers return their vehicles and public property to the relevant Ministry Secretary to avoid having legal action taken against them under the Election law.

Western diplomats shun meeting with Sri Lanka minister on political crisis

Eight Western countries stayed away from a meeting with Sri Lanka’s government on Monday to register their protest against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament, diplomatic and government sources said.

Consideration of FR petitions against President’s decision postponed

The petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament were taken up for hearing by the Supreme Court today (November 12). The cases were heard by a 3 judge bench headed by Chief Justice Nalin Perera.

Frontline Socialist Party ready to work with JVP

The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) was ready to work with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or any party who called themselves as leftists at this juncture where the county was embroiled in a devastating situation in terms of politics, the economy and the Constitution, FSP Education Secretary Pubudu Jayagoda said.

Thirteen Sri Lanka asylum seekers imprisoned in Israel

Thirteen Sri Lankan regime opponents have been imprisoned in Israel for two weeks and deprived of rights, according to a report by KAN Bet.

10 petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament

A total of 10 petitions have been filed before the Supreme Court against the issuance of the 2096/70 Gazette, purportedly dissolving Parliament.

Special statement by President of Sri Lanka

Issuing a special statement, President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the nation last evening (11) with regard to the dissolution of the parliament.

Sri Lanka PM, 44 ex-MPs defect from party led by president ahead of election

Sri Lanka’s new prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and 44 former lawmakers have defected from the party led by President Maithripala Sirisena, splitting with the president barely two weeks after he installed Rajapaksa in office.

Mahinda Rajapaksa obtains SLPP membership

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has obtained the membership of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), at his official residence, Wijerama road, Colombo.

Tamil Nadu parties slam dissolution of Sri Lanka Parliament

Tamil Nadu political parties, including the main opposition DMK Saturday termed the dissolution of the Sri Lankan Parliament as “murder of democracy”.

U.S. and others denounce dissolution of Sri Lanka parliament as undemocratic

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament, worsening an already major political crisis, has drawn criticism from Western powers, including the United States and Britain.

UNP to go to Supreme Court

Sri Lanka’s largest single party Saturday said it will mount a legal challenge against “tyrant” President Maithripala Sirisena’s shock sacking of the legislature.

Sri Lankan Tamil parties reject president’s call to support controversial new PM

Sri Lanka’s main Tamil parties have turned down a call from President Maithripala Sirisena to support his newly appointed prime minister in a likely floor test in parliament this month, the parties said on Friday.

Sri Lanka’s president dissolves parliament, deepening political crisis

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved parliament on Friday night and called a general election for Jan. 5 in a move that will likely deepen the country’s political crisis.

Parliament dissolved

The Government announces that in pursue of the powers vested in the president by section 33 sub section 2 (C) of the constitution, the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is dissolved from mid night today (09th).

Several new ministers sworn in

Four new ministers took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena this evening at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo.

Ravi’s daughter asked to appear in Court on Monday

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratna today ordered the MP Ravi Karunanayake’s daughter to appear in Court on Monday.

Gammanpila appointed Minister of Buddha Sasana & Religious Affairs

UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila has been sworn in as the new Cabinet Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.

Wimal Weerawansa sworn in as Minister

UPFA MP Wimal Weerawansa was appointed as the Minister of Housing and Social Welfare by President Maithipala Sirisena a short while ago.

Willing to work with the President – Ranil

Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is willing to work with President Maithripala Sirisena, who abruptly sacked him on October 26, if given a chance to prove his majority in Parliament.