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After weeks of speculation, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) left the government this week announcing that they would function as an independent group in Parliament. Cabinet minister Champika Ranawaka and Provincial minister Udaya Gammanpila also resigned their portfolios. The decision was meant to put an end to much political intrigue where many felt that the JHU would, in fact,...

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Issues related to President Mahinda Rajapaksa running for a third term of office was settled this week when the Supreme Court decided he could do so, even as former Chief Justice Sarath Silva lamented that, with the decision of the country’s highest court now known, ‘nothing more could be done’.  The opposition is still engaged in its search for the...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

The rumblings of dissent within the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA), instigated mostly by the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) pale into insignificance in comparison to those that are being now felt in the main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP) which is in the throes of another crisis.Hopes of the UNP faithful and indeed, for...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

With presidential elections looming, the election machinery of the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has swung into top gear, despite the hiccups it is having with its partners. The same, however, cannot be said about the opposition United National Party (UNP).The UNP this week held a meeting for its activists in Colombo. There, the message was that its presidential...

Full Article Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:00

A European court lifting the proscription on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) this week has generated a political storm but the implications of the verdict should not be taken lightly because it allows the terrorist group to regroup and reorganize and potentially threaten Sri Lanka again.The decision runs counter to the ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards terrorism in whatever

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

The telltale signs are there: President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the North, a reduction in electricity tariffs, the United National Party (UNP) announcing a ‘Group of 20’ to run election campaigns and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) proposing constitutional amendments.These events only point towards one outcome and that is the announcement of a presidential election, expected on November 20,

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

The political discourse in the country currently revolves around the next presidential elections, expected early next year, sandwiched between Christmas and the papal visit on January 13. Invariably, however, these discussions end in one topic: the so-called ‘common candidate’.The ‘common candidate’ was mooted a few months ago by several opposition and non-governmental groups

Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00

The imprisonment of Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu last week sent shockwaves through the Indian political establishment. If there were some celebrations in Colombo for the same reason, perhaps they could be excused because of Jayalalithaa’s hostile attitude towards Sri Lanka.The day after the verdict was announced and Jayalalithaa was jailed, there was turmoil in

Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

The results sheet of the 2014 Uva Provincial Council polls will indicate that the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won and that the opposition United National Party (UNP) came second but in reality, there were only losers in this election.
It was President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s and the ruling party’s intention to record a rollicking victory in Uva and then

Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00

Five years after the end of the Eelam War, the major constituent party of the country’s principal Tamil political grouping, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) last week passed a resolution at its annual convention in Vavuniya again calling for the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces.The move represents a significant shift in the stance of the ITAK, the

Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

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