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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

Next Saturday, the otherwise almost forgotten Uva province, home to the Badulla and Moneragala districts, will go to the polls to elect its provincial councilors. It is an election that is supposed to be a barometer of public opinion before the presidential and general elections that are expected next year.

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Last week, the main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) resurrected a practice that had been the norm before the current Indian government came into office: rushing to New Delhi to meet the Indian Prime Minister and air their grievances against the administration in Colombo.

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

There is a buzz in political circles about the fortunes of the main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP) in view of speculation that party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa will end their long-running dispute and that the latter will be appointed as the deputy leader of the party.What is known is that the two leaders, who

Full Article Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00

The announcement by the ‘Bodu Bala Sena’ (BBS) that it could field a presidential candidate at the next elections has sent speculation sky high that the controversial organization is finally revealing its agenda and stating its political ambitions.
The statement that the BBS would field a candidate ‘if necessary’ was made by Galagoda-aththe Gnanasaara Thera, the controversial monk

Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00

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