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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

As the general election draws near, it appears as if the understanding between the two major political parties, the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is slowly dissipating as both parties contemplate the prospect of wresting control of Parliament.This week, the SLFP was reportedly insisting on enacting electoral reforms along with proposed amendments to...

Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

The government formed by President Maithripala Sirisena with a United National Party (UNP) dominated cabinet led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe passed the fifty-day mark yesterday, the half-way point in its self-proclaimed ‘100-day’ plan to usher in a different era for the country.

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena was in India this week mending diplomatic fences there but all eyes were focused on Nugegoda on Wednesday where a campaign to compel the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to nominate Mahinda Rajapaksa as its prime ministerial candidate was launched.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Just six months ago, the United National Party (UNP) was in disarray, locked in a leadership battle between Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa that was driving the party on a downward spiral. Now, they are in government and the rival Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) faces that fate. This was after the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

The debacle surrounding the sacking of Mohan Peiris as Chief Justice has brought in its wake howls of protest but the Government moved decisively last week to oust him, ending three weeks of speculation regarding the highest office in the judiciary in the country.Restoring the ‘privileges’ of the 43rd Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake and former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka were...

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has departed the political arena at least temporarily and his exit has left a vacuum in the two political outfits he headed, the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) from which he contested and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in which he politically matured.

Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

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

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