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In the corridors of power in Sri Lanka, it is honeymoon time. In the first flush of victory, President Maithripala Sirisena is the man everyone wants to please. Mahinda Rajapaksa, seemingly invincible a few months ago, appears to be history as opponents and supporters rally around the new President.It is, of course, too early to...

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat at the presidential election was not a surprise as the contest was always too close to call since the advent of President Maithripala Sirisena as the opposing candidate. Yet, it has left many asking the question ‘what went wrong?’  A simplistic explanation has been offered: Rajapaksa lost the election due to the vote against...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Sri Lanka’s seventh presidential election, billed as too close to call ended in a somewhat anti-climactic fashion on Friday when Maithripala Sirisena was elected as the country’s sixth Executive President, securing 51.3 percent of the vote and defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa. The first results that came in, postal votes from the Ratnapura district put Rajapaksa ahead but then, Sirisena led in the...

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00

Sri Lanka’s mostly closely contested presidential election will be held in four days. The campaign leading to the poll has had many twists and turns, right from the inception when incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena announced he would be running for office. With less than a hundred hours before voting begins, political observers, opinion polls and astrologers...

Full Article Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00

Sri Lanka’s seventh presidential election will be held in less than two weeks, but unfortunately campaigning for the contest to elect the country’s next Head of State has descended to a farce, with crossovers dominating the headlines and issues of importance being relegated to the small print. From all accounts, the election will be closely fought.

Full Article Sunday, 28 December 2014 00:00

The presidential elections will be held in less than three weeks but the so-called ‘minority’ political parties have kept everyone guessing as to who they would support among the two main contenders at the poll. It is a strategy that is confusing voters and creating panic in the major political parties.

Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00

Crossovers have been part and parcel of Sri Lanka’s political journey since gaining independence. Indeed, it was S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s crossover from the United National Party (UNP) to form the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) that gave rise to an effective two party system in the country.

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

The ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) was taken by surprise when the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala Sirisena emerged as the ‘common’ candidate for the opposition for the presidential elections, but it is now formulating its response. It is no secret that the UPFA was counting on the opposition offering United National...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

The announcement by Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Mathripala Sirisena that he would run against President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential election on January 8 came as a surprise to many and was also a rude shock to the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA).The contest is taking shape since the battle lines have been...

Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

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

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