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19th Amendment Sabotaged; Best Option Is To Dissolve Parliament

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

While it was scheduled to debate the 19th Amendment to the Constitution today (21) and tomorrow (22), the objective of the ugly scenes created by the Rajapaksa scums led by Wimal Weerawansa, Dinesh Gunawardena, Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Kumara Welgama yesterday was to sabotage that effort by sleeping on the floor of the Parliament, otherwise considered the august body of people’s sovereignty, until this morning and continuing their commotions and disruptions even when the parliamentary sessions commenced this morning.

They tried to create a mountain out of a molehill.

Although few others eventually extended some sympathy to the so-called ‘fast unto death’ in a cynical (or jovial) manner, including some ministers, typical of most of the politicians today, the initial core group consisted less than 60 disgruntled members of parliament. They very well knew that they couldn’t possibly gather the necessary numbers to defeat the 19th Amendment although there were few hurdles on the part of the government to overcome before and during the debate. If they were convinced of the arguments to defeat the Amendment, the best policy, if the word ‘policy’ has any meaning for them, was to lead the debate and show the people in the country the adverse effects of the Amendment, if there were any.

The plain truth was that except perhaps one or two there were no others to conduct such an informed debate in Parliament from the Rajapaksa scums.

As the leader of the SLFP, it was clear that the President Sirisena could have ultimately managed to gather the necessary numbers in Parliament to pass the 19th Amendment, although it would not have been completely on rational grounds. The strength of the President, or any president for that matter, is not rationality, but mere submissiveness for authority on the part of many MPs, politicians and people at large in the country. This is the legacy of the pre-modern feudal political past which was in fact strengthened during the colonial period in a contradictory manner. Merely by changing the presidential system, this obnoxious political culture cannot completely be changed, but mitigated to a great extent. The ‘hero worship’ of Mahinda Rajapaksa is also a part of this legacy, combined with archaic ethno nationalism.

The protest or the ‘fast unto death’ by potbellied MPs was merely a molehill. There is a valid corruption issue against the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa over his appointment of Tissa Attanayake as a minister, under the election laws, after the announcement of presidential elections. It is a blatant corrupt practice. The question of whether the president’s immunity prevents him from wrong doing in this regard is not a matter for those MPs to decide. If they had any valid concern about the way the former president was summoned before the Bribery Commission, it is a matter those MPs could have raised with the Commission through the Speaker or refer the matter to the present President or the Prime Minister for some redress. That is how the matter has also been finally settled.

MaithriWhat this episode shows is the futility of any longer relying on the present parliament or its dubious members to implement democratic change including the 19th Amendment based on the people’s mandate of the presidential elections. However, it is completely correct for the President or the Prime Minister or the government to try their level best to do whatever possible under the circumstances within the 100 days or the stipulated time frame. In the case of the President, he has gone even far too much in accommodating some of the most unreliable and even suspected corrupt elements within the cabinet in trying to achieve these common objectives.

It is also commendable on the part of the drafters, interested groups and the civil society organizations to pool their best knowledge and efforts to sort out intricate drafting problems of the 19th Amendment with patience and tenacity. However, it is futile any longer to rely on the present Parliament or its dubious MPs to implement the 19th Amendment or any rational electoral reforms.

Although not on the scheduled date of 21st January, the government was in a position to begin the process of constitutional reforms primarily aiming at reforming or abolishing the authoritarian executive presidential system. The 19th Amendment is the result of this commendable effort whatever the attendant weaknesses.

According to the 100 Days Program, the task of Monday the 20th April or yesterday was the following.

“A Parliamentary system will be put in place instead of the Executive Presidential system.”

After one sabotage after the other, at least the debate on the subject of the 19th Amendment should have been commenced today. Instead, the Rajapaksa scums started their protest yesterday continuing until today, which has naturally led to the postponement of Parliament until the 27th of April.

The best option now is to dissolve the existing Parliament which has largely been a corrupt and a deformed institution as a result of particularly the Rajapaksa administration. Merely by defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the past president, or Maithripala Sirisena becoming the new President of the country, or the SLFP, the situation has not automatically changed.

What is now necessary is a New Parliament.

That might paved the way for a New Constitution with all the noble objectives of abolishing the executive presidential system and paving the way forward for democracy, reconciliation, proper economic development and good governance.

The President Sirisena should now fulfil his last promise of his 100 Days Program which was as follows.

“Thursday April 23 Parliament will be dissolved and free and fair elections held under a caretaker government. Following that election, the Prime Minister will be appointed from the party getting the highest number of seats at such election, with a Deputy Prime Minister from the party getting the next highest number.

A National Government of all parties represented in Parliament will be established to govern for a period of at least two years.

Under that government a National Policy Framework will be formulated to deal with the principal challenges the country faces, and a political culture will be developed to act in accordance with that Framework.”

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    “considered the august body of people’s sovereignty”

    Yes and back in 2000 when CBK as president was presenting her constitutional package UNP thugs burnt the proposals and hurled abuse at the sitting president (often in vulgar language esp. towards a lady) and the great Ranil did nothing –so much for his discipline.

    This has never been a august body and doubt it ever will be, that train is long gone.

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      Dr. Laksiri Fernando

      RE: 19th Amendment Sabotaged; Best Option Is To Dissolve Parliament

      Then, the people need a revolution, and hang all those who sabotaged it.

      The Liars, Crooks, Robbers and Criminals want to continue their profession.

      Common Sense Phamplet? Sri Lankan Version. to expose these Liars, Crooks, Robbers and Criminals. Who will do it?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_%28pamphlet%29

      Common Sense[1] is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. The pamphlet explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence in clear, simple language. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places.

      Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in Boston. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history.[2] As of 2006, it remains the all-time best selling American title.[3]

      Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of whether or not to seek independence was the central issue of the day. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Forgoing the philosophical and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, he structured Common Sense as if it were a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.[4] He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity.[5] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era”.[6]

      • 5
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        If MY3 does’t get his act together pretty quickly ,many thing can happen to him as well as for the whole country , it is reported that
        MPs Secretly Collecting Signatures For Impeachment Against Maithri: Political Volcano Ahead (EXCLUSIVE)

        http://www.asianmirror.lk/top-news/item/8292-mps-secretly-collect-signatures-for-impeachment-against-maithri-political-volcano-ahead-exclusive

        Mafia king seems to be plotting all sort of conspiracy theories to ouster MY3,Police Bigwig Holds Long Telephone Discussions With MR: Shocking Revelations Of Telephone Records

        http://www.asianmirror.lk/keyhole/item/8227-police-bigwig-holds-long-telephone-discussions-with-mr-shocking-revelations-of-telephone-records

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          I put big part of blame on RW assuming RW didn’t want to give prominent Gov role to Sarath Fonseka… The point is 55% SB voted for MR and MS got only 44%. The main reason of MR popularity among SBs is not because he built roads or cleaned Colombo or corruption, family stealing, the main reason is MR beat/defeated Tamils… SBs are territorial species.. For them geographical Boundaries are more important than lives
          If MS had given SF more prominent political role using his presidential powers, then SBs special love towards MR for saving the geographical boundaries of their mythical country would have been diluted.. Due to recent doubts arose on territorial integrity in SBs minds, they may approve even bumping off MS as a solution, Then MR/Gota would rule again… This risk is very high I assume..

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            Dear Alahakoon,

            Re “the main reason is MR beat/defeated Tamils… ”

            There was no war with Tamils. There was a war with Terrorists who were bumping off countless civilians of all ethnic communities by exploding bombs in Public Transport, Banks, Markets, shopping arcades etc. If you live in Sri Lanka it was just plain luck that you, I or anyone else survived.

            You are an idiot not to recognise it and to put a racial label on it.

            Re “SBs are territorial species.. For them geographical Boundaries are more important than lives”

            Without territory to support life, it will be extinct in no time. Why do you think the Tamil fishermen in the North are protesting Tamil fishermen from Tamil Nadu fishing in Sri Lanka’s territory?

            How did religion come to the picture?
            Please explain

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              Sinhalese only approve political rights to the majority to crush the individual.-
              this is pure cowardice like hiding behind women at Tamil Nadu by the fathers of freedom SLFP, UNP and JVP terrorist.

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            “If MS had given SF more prominent political role “

            The nation would not survive as he is anathema to the Indians.

            Traditionally, the freedom fighters of Lanka Sinhalese hide in India so you have to be concerned and stay in your brood.

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        RE: 19th Amendment Sabotaged; Best Option Is To Dissolve Parliament

        This is more a self sabotage episode which the writer conveniently ignores and calls protesters scums. What kind of a columnist is this man?
        Constitutional amendments are serious business and should follow the approved procedure. Right from the beginning the Govt.violated the due procedure. Govt. produced 3 different versions of the proposed amendment. What was first tabled in the Parliament was not the one sent to the Supreme Court.
        Then to make it worse the Amendment revised in accordance with the SC decision was circulated among the members of Parliament after the commencement of the session and that without the Sinhala and Tamil version. Legally the Sinhala version is considered the final version. It was not there. Was this done deliberately?
        The UNP is in a hurry to go for a general election under the present Manape system and District representation. They are aware that in a reformed system they have no chance in winning a majority. In the last Presidential election MR won 90 electorates and MS with all the minority support managed to get only 70 seats.
        Laksiri Fernando is only singing for the UNP.

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          Dear Dr. Laksiri Fernando,

          Vichara in his comment above raises valid issues.

          Rw’s govt is a minority govt. without any power on it’s own to pass any constitutional amendment. Thus it is absolutely imperative to garner a two thirds majority by consensus.

          Was this done?

          If the answer is a No, was the aggravation caused by violating the consensus reached before the election a deliberate act to ensure that the 19A had a still birth?

          The JHU and SF who were supporting the common candidate and were agreeable to RW as PM BEFORE the election was won, went against the original 19A as proposed as it violated consensus they reached before elections.

          The JHU has been vindicated as what they opposed in the 19A was struck down by the Supreme Court.

          Why did RW allow these obnoxious clauses instead of listening to the JHU whose stance even before the election was the same?

          The independent commissions are a national need without which good governance would only be a dream under an all powerful Presidency. Why was this need subordinated to partisan political needs?

          The need for delimitation exists as the number of electors per MP has very large Variations from electorate to electorate.

          If in one electorate 50,000 voters get to elect one MP and in another electorate a 100,000 voters also get only one MP then democracy would become a mockery.

          Why is this need ignored?

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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          vichara,

          “This is more a self sabotage episode which the writer conveniently ignores and calls protesters scums. “

          Give us another name to use for those self serving MR lackeys then , Laksiri should have used a more appropriate name like blood sucking leeches/Vultures than scums .

          “Constitutional amendments are serious business and should follow the approved procedure. Right from the beginning the Govt.violated the due procedure. “

          Yes , tell me about it !.were you born yesterday ? remember how Mafia king tabled 18 A , didn’t he bring that one sided Amendment as an urgent bill ? how many days were given to study the amendment ? after all, was that amendment beneficial to any of us ? didn’t he bring all the commissions (including the AG department) under his control? didn’t he cancel the 2 term limit barrier exclusively for him and his family ?
          what nonsense you are talking about here , 19A is not for any singular party or a person , it’s for the future generations , of course we know Mafia family and it’s leeches would not like any of those positive things , their one and only end goal is to ouster the democratically elected government . will wait and see how the game is going to be.

          ” Govt produced 3 different versions of the proposed amendment. What was first tabled in the Parliament was not the one sent to the Supreme Court. Then to make it worse the Amendment revised in accordance with the SC decision was circulated among the members of Parliament after the commencement of the session and that without the Sinhala and Tamil version. Legally the Sinhala version is considered the final version. It was not there. Was this done deliberately?

          All the above negligible errors/blunders are nothing , Supreme Court had given their independent ,final verdict on amendments , even though it was not favouring Ranil’s intended version , neither Ranil nor MY3 protested over its decision , did MY3 sack the CJ as Mafia king did to SB ? Ranil bowed his head to the SC decision , when was last time Mafia king obeyed a SC ruling ? remember Rs 115 per liter petrol saga ? all the clowns are jumping up and down for nothing , there isn’t much to complain about , hence Mafia king hatched this Bribery commission conspiracy comedy to sabotage the 19A , tell you what both MY3 and Ranil are gentlemen,but what about our very own CBK ? wait and see she will direct MY3 to give the right injection for all those criminals.

          “The UNP is in a hurry to go for a general election under the present Manape system and District representation. They are aware that in a reformed system they have no chance in winning a majority. In the last Presidential election MR won 90 electorates and MS with all the minority support managed to get only 70 seats.”

          who gave you that conclusive , final decision of UNP not being able get a majority in a reformed system ? according to you logic , that’s why UNP is rushing for a general election ? have you ever cared to read that 100 day program ? what does it say on April 23 , 2015 ? as Prof. laksiri rightly said , dissolve the parliament ASAP and go for the election , by the way do you know that CBK had already decided whom to give and not to give the nominations this time , regret to inform you more than half of the criminals would not be getting the nominations , instead they are straight marching towards the Walikada , how is that for a change ?

          “Laksiri Fernando is only singing for the UNP. “

          We are eternally grateful for prof laksiri’s immense contribution for Srilanka’s good governance concept , only colour blind , racially divided , pseudo patriotic clowns would support the despot .

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      “”(often in vulgar language esp. towards a lady””

      Define lady please??

      Is it a video woman?? even her foreign education with tax payers funds had always gone to bog like her kussi amma mum.

      One has to be informed `CCTV in operation` is what a lady does and it is law in the west.

      Is it `convenience` to handle official correspondence via private e-mail like Hillary??

      Lay lady lay, lay upon his big thing and you can be assured there wont be a stalk because we have the solvent.

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        Sam T.

        What the hell are you talking about?

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          Thel kiyanne gahe Del(Oil means Breadfruit) like the Dell baby.

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        ” her kussi amma mum ” as you refer to Mrs B, had far more class than the daughter.

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          Ha ha Tears Tears from my eyes keep on falling cause Ossie C took him away and see my babies crying- life in the village Wolf did that better over a centenary ago at Baddegama.
          Just Araba pie who has left the trail so high with 699,000 Sinhalese Buddhist women trapped in medieval middle east sex slavery for your imported badhu (goods)

          “”far more class than the daughter. “”

          Class is in the glass it does not come there but with wine making.

          were you by chance in the dishwasher like the Video??
          mine was across the street as a kid cycling alone observing.

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          Ramuuuu

          “Mrs B, had far more class than the daughter.”

          The weeping widow ended up as the first war criminal after presiding over killing of innocent youth. The number of persons killed in the short period of time was between 6000 and 8000. Rohana the psychopath claimed that 15000 of his cadres had been killed (Political Violence in Sri Lanka, by Gamini Samaranayake 2008)but the unofficial counting put the figure between 12,000 and 18,000.

          It seems you are happy ignore the other side of this stylish person.

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    It is disgusting to see this type of behaviour. All along in SL it has been this. The gutter snipe have got their way again.
    Mr President you have all the powers to stop this. Be the next Lee kwan yew, throw the whole lot in jail. No one will miss them.

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      Be the next Lee kwan yew, throw the whole lot in jail. No one will miss them.

      ] He is also reported to be a fan of The Godfather movies.[

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    None of these should receive nomination. The President knows what he is doing and my prayer is that this will hit the three jokers who led this assault in their faces like fecal matter

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    The President needs support in the Party Executive commitee.Political favours should not be granted to t6he corrupt for any reason. The correct decision is to disolve parliment. The demography of Parliment has changed. Dissolution is a must. It is however not possible to nominate electrol party representatives. Let us see that the Freedom of Information Act make it compulsory to reveal all. The files that the leader had should be freed. Give imunity and encourage peole to reveal all. Give them an new identy to protect them. Ammendment to law is compulsory. Decide on the Amme4ndments after discussion withy all. If it is not past get a referendum before the passing of the Bill with the nece3ssary votes.,

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    It was a planned action to sabotage the functioning of the parliamentary affairs.
    Rogues covering rogues under the cover of parliamentary privileges. Best action today is to dissolve the parliament so all these guys become ordinary citizens. Also at this stage, remove all vehicles, security Etc from these guys.

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    Dev,kumar,Tungsan, all seems awamangala’s tamil gang who dominate news paper comments these days. Your remarks worth nothing Demalas.

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      DD

      Your comments distasteful and unwarranted.

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      No, sir. I am a Sri Lankan born to respectable Sinhalese parents! This has no ethnic connotation like most prefer to think. Its reality.

      IF we allow these extremists of both Tamil and Sinhala to scream abuse and have their own way, there is no future.

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    If no 19A means MY3 has the full presidential powers.
    He should use these powers and chase all the sabotagers out of SLFP & UPFA. Let MR and all these thieves contest election under their own party.

    People will show the right place to these thieves, rapists, drug mafia.

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      Sumith ,

      have you ever thought , what if MY3 getting extremely sick or parting from this world , then what would be the scenario ? of course then our Mafia king can contest again for the top job , given the nature of our majority , would there be a grantee that MR wouldn’t be elected again ! that’s why it’s paramount to repeal the 18A , if that happens MR will have no chance of contesting the election again.

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    This is a result of the decision to switch to parliamentary democracy. Due to our inability rein in one ass in the form of the former president, we now have to tackle 225 asses. Our parliament is a den of thieves, so this situation is to be expected and faced, even though it calls for patience and understanding of the President and PM. The government must now mobilise the electorate and make the people understand that the disruption is caused by those who fear being caught in the corruption net. Despite all the criticism the people are still with the government. The actions of Dinesh, Vasu, Weerawansa, and others in fact is due to the realization that they have lost the electorate. I say mobilize even more people to vote at the coming polls.
    Sri Lankans are not as foolish as you think.

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    Yes, most of the people in Sri Lanka do agree with dissolving parliament immediately to solve the tense situation and return democracy to Country. Then with a new parliament amendments (19A & 20) will be passed. That is the need of Sri Lankans at this stage.

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    Nahi Verana Verani is applicable for individuals to handle their own affairs, but not state affairs. The state and the people should not be made to suffer because the leader is on the path of personal salvation.

    But that is what is happening. Rajapakse and Co should have been given the Libyan treatment or the threat of the same.

    If MS and RW cannot bring order they should step down and allow the people to take over and deliver justice.

    After that, they can come back and take over. we do not want to handle scum like MR longer than it is necessary.

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      “”If MS and RW cannot bring order they should step down and allow the people to take over and deliver justice.””

      When Cameron was there with the world watching where were you Sinhalese hiding??

      Even your fathers of independence hid behind women at Tamil Nadu,
      JVP hid at Tamil Nadu.

      83 riots was backed by miltary- majority vs minority.

      Go hide behind women once again- Shape shape Cowards.

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    Yes, Dr., you hit the nail on the head. They execute what they have decided a few days ago at further South. There is no hope of 19 getting through, and only naïve on the part of the government if they still rely on these lots who are more concerned about their crimes being exposed. For them, the only way is to stop it, to bring the leader of their gang so he would get them all out.

    Best option MS has is to dissolve the parliament, people will show them the door. Even if not, the 19th having not passed will work in favor of MS.

  • 9
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    President Sirisena please dissolve parliament and send the crooks home!

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    Seeing whats happening in the country today, allowing all the thieves of last regime to have a merry time, the most ‘Ponna’ leader in the history of Sri Lanka from the days of kings to day is in the making by way of of MY3. Only a few days left for him to prove it otherwise.

    Hope and pray that he will use the people’s mandate to bring these rogues to book and bring order to the country soon OR be ready to perish like the biggest ‘Ponnaya’ of the Sri Lankan history from his predecessor.

  • 8
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    Enough is enough! Please arrest these jokers immediately and call for election. All the corrupt will go home and country will be peaceful! May God bless this country in removing all these corrupt politicians backed by mahida clan and bring a permanent peace!

  • 7
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    The Rajapakses have panicked.They are now trying to Torpedo the corruption charges against them. The main contract for this exercise has been handed over to Dinesh,Vasu,Wimal and Welgama. The others,like Mahindananda etc are the Sub-Contractors.

    Whatever road that the Rjapakses take for a comeback will end in a Cul-De-Sac!
    Dr.LAKSIRI has said it all.Dissolve Parliament!

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    That Mohammed Morsi former Presidet of Egypt had been sentenced to a term of twenty years in prison is hitting head lines in news papers and in the electronic media around the world today.
    He succeeded Hosni Mubarak former President who held office for a period of thirty years following his predecessor Anwar Sadat’s murder.
    Both Morsi and Mubarak were sentenced and found guilty for neglecting to prevent innocent demonstrators being killed during uprisings in that country.
    Similar situations had occurred in SL too, like when people protested about the water pollution due to industrial waste channelled into streams obtained drinking water , but they were shot and beaten back and no parliamentarian dared to point a finger at the President.
    But now our parliamentarians are protesting against the former President being summoned by the Bribery Commissioner for enquiring into allegations of corruption during his term of office by sleeping overnight in the well of the house.
    What a farce.this can only happen in our resplendent isle..,…..

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      Morsi WAS elected as a result of the short lived US-sponsored experiment in democracy, when the former US-anointed President/Dictator Mubarak fell out of favour. Morsi was quickly replaced when found to be non-compliant, by another US trained General, and the election result negated. Democracy died, but the country functions somehow though without the support of the majority. It seems that there are some within Sri Lanka who would settle for something similar though claiming to be democrats.

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    People should strengthen President Sirisena’s hands and all thugs belongs to power greedy Mahinda group should be kept inside the bars. These thugs are murderous criminals and law should take its own medicine. It is a disgrace to civilisation and I don’t any true Srilankan will endorse this sort of criminal acts of this coward group. If there is something wrong with the Srilankan justice system, Mahinda should ask for international investigation as he went against Srilankan forces in 1989 in support of JVP terrorism.

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    It is clearly evident that this bunch of hooligans should not be in the “August Assembly” Parliament must be disolved and a General Elections held.The two major parties should not give nominations to any of this riff raff and they would return only a handful under Mahinda to Parliament.The UNP,SLFP,TNA,JVP should be able to command 2/3rds in the next Parliament and make the necessary Constitutional changes.

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    Sociology tell us that when there is a threat to a community, the members of the community gather together and unite to eliminate the threat. The community that eliminated that threat used such inhumane methods over a long period has now turned inward and disintegrating itself. It is now unable to treat even its own members humanely and justly. It is breaking apart at its seams.

    Dissolving parliament, trying to amend constitutions are external cosmetics and they are displacement activities to avoid facing the reality that the core has rotted. Srisena is in a dark forest teaming with ferocious animals. There is not even a firefly to light up his path – the Middle Path.

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      there are only 2 sides to every issue:
      one side is right the other is wrong and the middle is always a cockup evil- that’s how maggots travel in an apple.

      Have you not had enough of middle path rule??
      political rights to the majority to crush the individual/minority??

      Faith cannot be killed but its possible to kill knowledge- that is a sociologist fear.

  • 6
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    We all are impatient to get things on track and see changes in Sri Lanka. We are getting there. WE WILL get there as long as MS and RW are at the helm. Notice how no UNP Minister’s are very visible these days. Notice how Rajitha’s foot-in-mouth ailment is under treatment.

    Sri Lanka did not get into this mess overnight. It happened from the Sirimavo civil rights ban, to the illegal referendum by JR, the progroms of 83-86 and, the illegal killings of Wijeweera and his cohorts. Lots of incidents finally lead to the arrival of the Rajapakse’s and the white-van syndrome. There are people still around who think they can intimidate anyone and make them disappear! Maithri and Ranil can’t protect everyone.

    They are changing how things are done. The message is filtering down and those who refuse to change, will eventually get thrown out. In the meantime it is OUR JOB to point out the shortcomings and let them be known.

    Even our journalists DO NOT KNOW how to write a factual report anymore. Most reports are vague and filled with innuendo. Why? Because their editors need to fill space but don’t want to get into trouble with anyone. A free press means not just the freedom to write trash, but the freedom of thought to write the truth and be safe after publishing it.

    We are long way from that goal but we are on our way!

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    Dr.Laksiri.

    There are rumours floating around that the MPP.backing Rajapakse are collecting signatures to be handed over to the Speaker; Ostensibly,an attempt at Impeachment of President,so as to prevent a dissolution of Parliament! This could be a wild rumour but the Rajapakses are capable of anything.After all Blood is thicker than water and the Speaker may oblige.

    What do you think of the rammifications of this scenario?

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      Dear Laksiri
      In short “Wisakuru Sarpaya Dututhene Neera Marapiya….” Don’t let loose the venomous Serpent, Kill then and there”. Mrs B and FRDB did it in 1962. This should hand happened on 9 Jan 2015.

      A brief note: Let us all WHO READ LAKSIRI’S writings, wish Laksiri GET WELL.

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        why , is Prof. Laksiri sick ?

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        “”A brief note: Let us all WHO READ LAKSIRI’S writings, wish Laksiri GET WELL. “”

        The nation would not survive as Mara/Gota Fonny is anathema to the Indians.

        The six headed cobra was tamed on the Friday 13th March.

        If there is sorrow, worry or fear, it is due to lack of discrimination.

        “Alright, I shall not kill you, but please leave this place. You are causing distress to many. My nature is to shower bliss and your acts are an obstruction to that.” Krishna spares Kaliya’s life. He does not kill him or snatch his venom from him, but asks him to go to another place, where perhaps he would learn to use venom only when absolutely necessary, in self-defence.

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    I totally agree with Prof Laksiri. The president has no other option now than to dissolve parliament and call for a general election.

    A few pot-bellied thugs are holding the parliament to ransom and the Speaker, a Rajapaksa brother, is doing nothing about it. It was a big mistake by Sirisena to allow Chamal Rajapaksa to remain as Speaker. We all know where Chamal’s loyalties lie.

    Dissolve parliament now and not nominate any of the Rajapaksa henchmen and other corrupt MPs in the present parliament. Sri lanka needs educated young people to go to parliament to save the country from the likes of Rajapaksa.

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    It is pretty disappointing to see the learned Professor calling the MPs who are trying to save the Nation from separation and Economic destruction , pot bellied Scum bags.while trying to tell us how good this 19 A is for the great majority which , in fact is 70 % of the inhabitant population.

    Without 19 A , the Govt managed to liberate the Nation from Terrorism and put in unprecedented development in infrastructure , and create Economic development , in rural parts of the Nation in particular, for the first time in the history of Srilanka, since the invasion by the West.

    This has been an eye sore for the Elite, Anglicans and the Vellalas for various reasons. which the followers of the Professor , jolly well understand.

    Ranil, Mangala Ravi and of course cousin Madam thought it would be easy peasy to wrest power from the majority and implement their separation,new commissions and rule by the Elite agenda.

    Ranil thought Maithri Sira , who has been ever obedient to the Madam, an easy push over.

    Fortunately for the poor rural majority, it hasn’t been the case, not because Sira is all good, but because the Armed Forces, and the Parliament still have good people who helped to create the difference in the Nation for the betterment of the poor , since Nanthikadal.

    And the great majority of the inhabitant population now are more vigilant now to ensure the unelected PM and his buddies do not allow the West and their mates to do an Egypt and destroy the country.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Professor calling the MPs who are trying to save the Nation from separation and Economic destruction”

      The priority is to stop the country being destroyed by those MPs in other words we must protect the country from MPs.

      Saving the nation from separation is not the responsibility of the MPs. Hindians have taken it upon themselves to save the country from separation.

      Now you can go back to whatever you’ve been doing.

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        Dear Native,

        Don’t know about the Hindians, but the Naduans are doing enough damage to our only International Airport in Katunayaka now that the unelected PM and his mate Galleon Ravi have turned Mattala in to a Museum.

        Your Hindian buddy Mody should build Toilets and educate the Naduans how to use them, rather than wasting the Bombay Onion generated surplus trying to “fix” the Chinese.

        At least Ghanidians knew Uncle Sam is a user.

        But Madam Ghandi falling in love with your mates’ Hero Prabakaran was the most stupid thing a Hindian could ever do.

        And they are going to pay for it big time in time to come, when LTTE supporters hoist the Tiger Flag in Chennai and join with the Vellalas in their Homeland in the North.

        That will happen sooner than later if your buddy Ranil scores at the Election.

        And our “potbellied scum bag MPs” are the biggest obstacle for Ranil and Cousin to wrest control of the Parliament.

        That is why the Professor is pissed off.

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          “Your Hindian buddy Mody should build Toilets and educate the Naduans how to use them, rather than wasting the Bombay Onion generated surplus trying to “fix” the Chinese.”

          You are in sorrow mate?? its only a passing Samsara!!
          Stay in your brood- no jet sam no float sam!!

          LKY had this to say of Xi: Former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, when asked about Xi, said he felt he was “a thoughtful man who has gone through many trials and tribulations.”[28] Lee also commented: “I would put him in the Nelson Mandela class of persons. A person with enormous emotional stability who does not allow his personal misfortunes or sufferings affect his judgment. In other words, he is impressive”.[29] Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson described Xi as “the kind of guy who knows how to get things over the goal line.”[30] Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that Xi “has sufficient reformist, party and military background to be very much his own man.”[31]
          He has been groomed for a decade in foreign affiars and has met all incl of Bush and Blair. While NaMo was beaten by the western press about a false muslim killing liie the way they did mayawathie – both because they are low caste and is not acceptable to high fi west or east.

          China agrees to host Indian Northern Army Commander ahead of PM Modi’s visit

          21st April. NEW DELHI: Moving beyond its earlier emphasis on Jammu & Kashmir being a “disputed” area, China has agreed to host India’s Northern Army Commander this year, a visit that went on hold five years ago after Beijing insisted on issuing stapled visa to the officer because J&K came under his command.

          This is what Obama said of NaMo to TIME: Narendra Modi
          By Barack Obama Determined to help more Indians follow in his path, he’s laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change. Like India, he transcends the ancient and the modern – a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a ‘digital India’.
          When he came to Washington, Narendra and I visited the memorial to Dr Martin Luther King Jr, we reflected on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect. Prime Minister Modi recognizes that more than 1 billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world.

          ________________
          Both Xi and modi are going to be friends at the next meeting.
          China cannot attack India because Modi hurriedly resigned the Defence agreement with Putin that manmohan did not. China needs all the Gas Putin has offered and the works are on- so that china does not need to pass the pacific and US.

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      K.A Sumanasekera,

      “playing the superpowers against each other”

      too small a island to call any shot it’s just your bluff because 86% of the citizens live in villages.

      Like each and every predecessor you will die- Premadasa, VP.

      The Soviet Union soon resupplied the Egyptian military with about half of its former arsenals and broke diplomatic relations with Israel. Nasser cut relations with the US following the war, and, according to Aburish, his policy of “playing the superpowers against each other” ended.[238] In November, Nasser accepted UN Resolution 242, which called for Israel’s withdrawal from territories acquired in the war.
      In June 1970, Nasser accepted the US-sponsored Rogers Plan, which called for an end to hostilities and an Israeli withdrawal from Egyptian territory, but it was rejected by Israel, the PLO, and most Arab states except Jordan.[246] Nasser had initially rejected the plan, but conceded under pressure from the Soviet Union, which feared that escalating regional conflict could drag it into a war with the US. As the summit closed on 28 September 1970, hours after escorting the last Arab leader to leave,

      Nasser suffered a heart attack.

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    The author of this article is now asking the President to dissolve the Parliament without passing 19A citing various reasons. The author seems to advocate putting the cart before the horse. It is 19A, which was sported in the name of “abolishing executive presidency” that rallied many parties, particularly small ones and made MS the common candidate to win. There is no best alternative because constitutional improvements are a promise. To expect that a new parliament would do it has no logical basis because all these guys, namely the major parties do not want a so called 19A in their hearts of hearts. They prefer the system of sucking blood and all of they seem to blow hot and blow cold.

    MS, RW & Co did not have a good team to implement the promises they made for which the leadership naturally must take the responsibility and the author now indirectly admits their failure. The solution, in my view, to do away with a presidency of ambition and craft is to depoliticize the Presidency. Suppose, even after the 19A, there is President whose political party has a majority in Parliament, then isn’t it possible for him to be a kleptocrat and have all the features in governance that people in this country booted out? On the other hand had 19A been such that a President after MS cannot be a member of a political party would have done the trick. That way the effective political head would be the Prime Minister. The chances of a President saying no to the PM is few and far between like CBK did for Ranil as PM for sometime. The powers of the President must be redefined so that he becomes the custodian of basic tools of governance say like in Singapore. The solution I suggest may be effective, say 5 years down the line but strictly speaking judging from the ground reality of political stability of MS he has to be a leader of a party and it is not fair to expect MS to commit political suicide after sticking his neck to fight MR.

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      If the government would dilly dally, as it appears to do now, the President may have to face an impeachment which could be far more dangerous than going for a quick election without 19A and bringing forth a new constitution or resubmitting the 19A before the new parliament.

      Sengodan. M

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        Will the new parliament have the required majority or consensus pass 19A? Chances are not. If the house is dissolved now, which only MS can do, then MS, RW & Co fails to deliver 1 promise. It is to avoid any catastrophe like an impeachment that MS should continue to be the head of the SLFP & UPFA for his own sake. 19A, in my opinion should be crafted such that the President is non-political after MS. Then I think consensus is easier.

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      Citize perera.
      to late. constitutiona reform is the smoke screen devices by Ranil. He does not want a constitution to govern the country. Ater all he annulled the 55 yr odd constitution of the UNP. and now he has usurped all presidential powers and apointing his close friends to ever high andstategic post. Idi Amin of Asia if being born with CID and LTTE being the team of attending midwife and gynaecologist

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    There is definitely some attempt to sabotage the 19A. This is the work of all those who back the former corrupt ‘Rajjuru’. The government should act quickly, wisely and firmly to nip this sabotage in the bud. Dissolving the parliament could be a quick solution.

    Sengodan. M

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    The Country is like a toilet , garbage every where . soon the highways will have pot holes that buses can sink into . Strangely MR seems to have more bill boards than MS and RW combined .

    I think the country is headed towards a very uncertain future . really sad . people who love the country and hope for the best for it will indeed be saddened . For idiots who like politics it is a fools paradise .

    For me I would like to take competent leader with warts to a incompetent but honest leader . this is the difference between MR and MS .

    Cheers

    Abhaya

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      Ha ..Ha …. here we go , our P.hD expert is back in action with his 2 cent worth comments , let’s see what we got here this time ,

      “The Country is like a toilet , garbage every where . soon the highways will have pot holes that buses can sink into “

      really ? Sri lanka isn’t like a toilet , only her 3 rd grade scums are like toilets , namely Mafia family and its blind followers . you are right in saying “garbage every where ” absolutely , couldn’t agree more with that , we saw how many thousands of trash flocked to support Booruwansa in and around parliament.

      “I think the country is headed towards a very uncertain future . really sad . people who love the country and hope for the best for it will indeed be saddened . For idiots who like politics it is a fools paradise . “

      yes it’s true only for North Korean type slaves ,not for rest of us ,in fact sri lanka is going to be on par with Singapore style countries in near future , to that happen a Rajapaksa free Srilanka is a prerequisite.

      “For me I would like to take competent leader with warts to a incompetent but honest leader . this is the difference between MR and MS . “

      couldn’t figure out what were you struggling to say , any way here is a video clip which illustrates the true nature of your GOD, MR.

      PS:Check this video clip out , how the Mafia king betrayed and deprived our very own Jayantha Danapala’s chance of becoming UNSG in 2006 for personal favors , hypocrisy is at it’s best , this is MR’s patriotism .

      MUST watch

      https://youtu.be/yuRAsQfQOlk

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      Abhaya

      “The Country is like a toilet , garbage every”

      You have more toilets and garbage than your neighbour India. Aren’t you happy?

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    Dear Dr. Laksiri, you seem to forget that if parliament is dissolved now, without 19A, the Prime Minister has to be chosen by the President, depending on whom he “thinks will command the confidence of the parliament” according to the current constitution.

    The wording is such that it leaves the President complete descretion to choose anyone he pleases, since no one can read his mind and see what he actually thinks. Very clever – I think this was put in here by President J.R. at that time.

    Therefore he will choose Ranil W. Checkmate.

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    I do not think the constitutional amendment will be passed as Ranil’s government will find it difficult to muster the two-third majority required without the support of the MR faction in the SLFP. If the constitutional amendment fails to pass it is better to dissolve the Parliament and if Ranil is keen on changing the constitution let him get the mandate from the people. If people return UNP then he will have the right to change the constitution.

    However, a UNP victory with a sizeable majority to form a government on its own is very unlikely let alone a two-third majority to change the constitution. Sri Lankans may have to live with an executive presidency for the forseeable future.

    There is nothing wrong with the Executive Presidency if the incumbent acts democratically and desist from arbitrary exercise of powers.

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    MS promised before the election, during the election and after the election that he will protect MR and the Army. What is the problem now?

    Good news for the Tamils.

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    I do not agree. The 19 should not be suspended for sabotage but left of the vote is lost.
    The ability to make a protest in parliament is the democracy that the MS govt has created. Let them enjoy.
    It is only a few of the 225 and let us note their dissent and continue as a Democracy, and as they wish the President could the powers of 18 to settle them, and make 19 effective thereafter.
    The clock has started to tick with Basil…

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