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Now it is almost official: Parliament will be dissolved within the month, possibly after the passage of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution that will usher in electoral reforms and a general election will be held in a few weeks. The poll though, will be held on the proportional representation (PR) basis.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

Even as the dust settles on the 19th Amendment, the main political parties are scrambling to have the next amendment, the 20th Amendment tailored to their reaspective needs in view of the general election that is expected to be called, possibly in late May or June.

Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00

After much debate and deliberation which kept the nation guessing until the eleventh hour, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which considerably reduces the powers of the Executive Presidency was passed by an overwhelming majority in Parliament late on Tuesday night.

Full Article Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00

There was drama aplenty in Parliament this week, but the government’s efforts to enact the 19th Amendment to the Constitution are yet to become a reality. It has been thwarted by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which is determined to push through electoral reforms at the same time.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the party with the majority in Parliament and headed by President Maithripala Sirisena, is in crisis. Thrust into the opposition ranks following President Sirisena’s victory at the presidential election, it is now at a critical juncture.There are many reasons for this. Firstly, after enjoying almost 20 years of uninterrupted power, the SLFP resents...

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00

As the Maithripala Sirisena government’s self-imposed deadline of April 23 nears, both the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are flexing their political muscles as they vie for power at the general elections that could be called as in two weeks’ time. The SLFP is insisting that it would support the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that....

Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00

The three-month-old Maithripala Sirisena–Ranil Wickremesinghe administration is struggling to achieve stability in governing the country and its latest move is introducing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which has become the focus of attention in legal and political circles.Unlike the preceding 17th and 18th Amendments which only altered some aspects of the Constitution, the 19th Amendment seeks to completely...

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision last week to expand the Cabinet of Ministers to enable the inclusion of parliamentarians from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) adds another dimension to the country’s already volatile political equation.The ‘official’ reason for this change – which effectively means that the President will be flouting one of his key election promises of limiting the Cabinet to...

Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

Every Sri Lankan government since independence has had to deal with its counterpart in India. Sometimes, these relations reached dizzy heights and at other times, they deteriorated to the point where the two countries were engaged in a diplomatic war of words. Indo-Lanka relations were at their zenith when Sirima Bandaranaike and Indira Gandhi were at the helm of their...

Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00

The Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe government of cohabitation came into office just over two months on a slogan of good governance or ‘yahapaalanaya’. They promised a political culture free of corruption and abuse of power. Now, that pledge is facing its first real test.Embroiled in the controversy is Central Bank Governor, Arjuna Mahendran. It is claimed that a firm linked to...

Full Article Saturday, 14 March 2015 00:00

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