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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

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

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