This is my nation

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

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

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