18 October, 2017

Appoint A PM Able To Take Charge In President’s Absence

By Kamal Nissanka

Kamal Nissanka

Kamal Nissanka

The Liberal Party of Sri Lanka is deeply concerned at the recent breakdown in Law and Order and the exacerbation of communal violence that has taken place in the last couple of days. Whilst we still await further details of what actually happened, it is clear that the authorities have not acted with a sense of responsibility, in having permitted public demonstrations in an inflammable situation.

It is also worrying that there is no clear reporting of what is going on, since this leaves room for all sorts of rumours. In a context in which the government, understandably, feels that there are efforts at destabilization, it must be all the more careful to ensure that there is a clear chain of command so that the safety of all citizens can be ensured.

The intensity of the provocation being exercised seems related to the absence of the President from the country. This is understandable given that the general belief is that he is the only person fit and able to exercise authority. But this is not an acceptable situation, since clearly it is necessary for him to leave the country on occasion, not least because he is the only person in a position to represent the country credibly in other countries.

That being the case, it is urgent that he appoints a Prime Minister able to take charge in his absence. He knows how the country benefited from his prompt action when the tsunami struck in 2004. He should not allow the country to languish now when a crisis hits and he is away. We strongly urge therefore that he appoint a senior member of his party immediately as Prime Minister, with a mandate to take charge of affairs in his absence. Direct contact with him should be facilitated instead of a system of having to go through functionaries without clear responsibilities.

We hope therefore that Mr Nimal Siripala de Silva or Mr Maithripala Sirisena or Mr Susil Premjayanth is appointed soon to the post of Prime Minister, with clear authority in the absence of the President, and also a mandate to ensure coordination amongst Ministers in areas that now seem to suffer from neglect. The Prime Minister should also be empowered to ensure better liaison with Parliament, to prevent the sort of situation that arose when a number of young Parliamentarians refused to vote for what they saw as the Casino Bill even though prior discussion of this in Committee should have made it clear that there was no great change in current practices envisaged by the Bill.

In short, we are faced now with a crisis of governance, and it is necessary to broad-base authority instead of retreating further into the fortress, which has been recommended by those within the Cabinet who have failed to express their confidence in the government of which they form a part. Their own exacerbation of communal tendencies and narrow-mindedness, having been left unchecked, has contributed to the current crisis, and it is to be hoped that traditional SLFP values of moderation will assert themselves. The firmness with which the government of Mr Bandaranaike acted in 1959 when there was communal violence, as opposed to the failure to act of the Jayewardene government in 1983, is a lesson that this government must take to heart.

*Kamal Nissanka – Secretary General – Liberal Party of Sri Lanka – Statement of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka on the Current Crisis of Government

 

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    Kamal Nissanka ,,

    RE: Appoint A PM Able To Take Charge In President’s Absence

    Appoint A COMPETENT PM Able To Take Charge In President’s Absence, who is Leader, not a lackey of Terrorist and racists.

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      A good practicing Muslim is the most able, capable, and suitable for the post of PM. He would have hanged the BBS thugs.

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      JRJ appointed R Premadasa,a man who worked hard
      but when we were given urgent Mysore Parippu by
      Rajiv Gandhi,Premadasa was furious and it was
      JRJ who was made to receive it.So Premadasa in
      his time made D B Wijethunga(Dunnoth Baragannang)
      as prime minister for he was a man of no ambition.
      Chandrika had no other choice than Mahinda.But
      Mahinda followed the example of Premadasa and
      opted for giving a treat to party seniors thus
      avoiding grooming new future leaders exactly like
      Ranil doing even in the opposition.They are scared
      of ambitious personalities sitting close to them
      whereas JRJ encouraged it and Chandrika was forced
      by the circumstances.Still,what a pathetic self
      declared patriots they claim they are!The whole of
      parliament itself is utter waste of public resource
      and a bunch of puppets.

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      This means if President was in the country, nothing like that would not have taken place ? What are you guys talking about. Not long ago, while president the doggy man was still in the country, Ghanasara attacked those muslim clergy men in usual abusive langague with police watching it as if they were invited to see a drama…. location was Nippon hotel. Ballige putha is the person who is behind all these incidents. He wants to show the world that the problem in srilanka is more complex than IC estimates it. In that way, he just wants to grab the power extending to a next term. This man is born devious person. I wish I could read all these in his DNA map.

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    We know the prompt action PM took when Tsunami hit the country. Simply opened bank accounts. Rest is the known history. Sarth N Silva knows most part of it.

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      Silva may have shared the loot

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    Kamal Nissanka –

    Appoint A PM Able To Take Charge In President’s Absence?

    Do you mean:

    Appoint A PM Able To Take Charge In President’s PRESENCE?

    Wataraka Vijitha Thero stripped, assaulted & thrown near river

    http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7129:wataraka-vijitha-thero-stripped-assaulted-a-thrown-near-river&catid=42:smartphones&Itemid=74

    The UPFA Member of the UPFA ruled Mahiyanagana Pradeshiya Sabha and the Leader of Jathika Bala Senawa Ven. Wataraka Vijitha Thero was abducted, stripped, assaulted and was found today (19th) near Bogoda river with his hands and legs tied.

    After he was admitted to Panadura Base Hospital the hospital authorities have transferred him to Colombo National Hospital.

    A resident had seen a naked person fallen near Bolgoda river in Kindelpitiya area at Bandaragama and has informed the police. Rev. Vijitha Thero’s identity card and the robe were found nearby.

    Residents say they saw a three wheeler being driven to the place, throwing something out and quickly being driven away.

    According to hospital sources Vijitha Thero’s genitals have been injured. Police say a statement could not be obtained from the Thero as he had been admitted to ICU.

    Bhikkus of Bodu Bala Sena had attacked Vijitha Thero several times and were constantly harassing him. There had been firing near his temple recently.

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    Wataraka Vijitha Thero stripped, assaulted & thrown near river
    THURSDAY, 19 JUNE 2014 10:57

    The so called Buddhists hypocrites elsewhere are now silent when a true Buddhists monk is kidnapped, tortured, sodomized, stripped and left to die by the road side. Now who do we attack for this attempted homicide?

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    Nimal Siripala De Silva as PM ? Are you mad? He was alleged to have screwed a woman in his ministerial office and got caught red handed to his original wife.If this despicable bloke becomes the PM he might go on screwing all the women in the parliament.

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      Then Paba, Anarkali and a host of others won’t be safe!

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    Kamal Nissanka,
    Are all issues which have been occurred while your Exec president’s presence resolved? Why do you expect powerless PM in the system to resolve issues while powerful MR can’t resolve most? Even MR or Ghota couldn’t ban CT or SLMirror websites?? Even though you have suggested different names for PM, you should have paid handsomely by Ghota, Namal or Basil for writing this opinion..

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    Enter Gotabaya Rajapaksa – the war criminal and de facto Prime Minister of Sri Lanka!

    CT Editors: Would you please do an interview with the leftist Vasudeva Nanayakkara who is Minister of National Languages and Social Integration, on what he thinks his role should have been during the anti-Muslims riots? After all he is supposed to deal with SOCIAL INTEGRATION and should have presented a Bill on the Prevention of Incitement to religious and racial Hate Speech a long time ago. WHay has this not happened? Why is Vasu so silent? Are there too many Ministers and cronies for a single subject so no one takes charge in an emergency?
    Please also ask Vasu if his son is the king pin in his Ministry for National Languages and Social Integration? Is this ethical? How many Tamils and Muslims hold senior posts in this so-called Ministry of Social Integration?

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    Oh my god!
    These three wanna be Prime Ministers of the Miracle of Sinhala Modayas are corrupt crooks! The liberal party is in cuckoo land!

    Neither Nimal Siripala nor Sirisena passed the National Drugs Policy Bill when they Health Minister as they were in the pay of Pharmaceutical companies.. and patients do not have quality affordable drugs in the national health system today.

    Sirisena’s brother has land grabbed and built Sudu Araliya Hotel In Polonnaruwa on reservation Land of the Parakrama Samudra which is not allowed to fill up to provide water for farmers NOW, because the hotel floods when the tank is full!
    SUsil Premajayantha is the Petroleum bids fraud and scam man!
    Sinhala Modayas indeed have a massive governance crisis – all the big guns in the SLFP are corrupt crooks!

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    Ha Ha Ha!

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    Once again the Liberal Party which is supporting an un-liberal regime is trying to suck up to the President. This time its not Rajiva but another stooge is trying to pass the buck on to the Prime Minister. Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Law and Order is not under the Prime Minister. So why should the Prime Minister who is not even given a chance to speak at the Parliament and walked out has to take the blame.

    The Liberal Party a constituent party of UPFA is being used here by the President to get away from taking the blame. If I was the President, I would have fired the IGP, Secretary of Defense who sent the Army to attack unarmed civilians in the Rathupaswala and university students and did nothing to save the innocent Muslims and also the Secretary of the Ministry of Law and Order.

    Do not find fault with the Prime Minister. If Liberal Party is a true party of Liberal values they should protest and ask for the immediate arrest of Gonsara Thero of Balu Bala Sena, they have not done that. They have not asked for the resignation of the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of the Ministry of Law and Order.

    Shut up and keep quite Liberal party …. Oh! I made a mistake Un-liberal party. Enough of Rajiva and now Kamal Nissanka sucking up to the President, if you have the “B—s” get out of UPFA and be truthful to the values of Liberalism.

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    What is this joker saying? It’s a pure load of bullshit.How can the appointment of a new PM prevent the occurrence of a massacre of a similar nature taking place , when the the Chief Organizers of the violence are at the very top of this government.The approval was given for it before going to Bolivia and little brother did just as he was told.After coming back the Big Man goes on inspection to Aluthgama and tells himself ” Aha well done little brother mission very well accomplished.”

    Then Big Boss tells Sri Lanka that all action will be taken to arrest the people who killed and robbed, completely ignoring the fact that the pissu monk must be arrested first since his hate speech is on tape for all to see.But how can Big Boss do this when the mad monk had just followed little brother’s instructions and little brother was acting on the nod given by the Big Boss?

    Mr. Nissanka please wake up . Also please wake up your leader who seems fast asleep in the luxury and safety of “Lakmahal “.

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      He’s simply asking for someone who can counterbalance all the “big bosses” at the top. Instead of blindly insulting people and asking them to “wake up” (whatever the hell that means), use your brain next time.

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    Who?

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    The violence against Muslims must have carried out with the full knowledge and connivance of the ruling regime. It was well planned and the time was purposely chosen to coincide with the President’s absence. The BBS agenda is guided by higher authorities of the ruling regime with the blessings of the Head of the Regime. Don’t expect the power will be handed to other than to a Family member of the regime. actually the power was handed over to the Head of the BBS, the secretary of defence.

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    When idots like this rules the country you would see anarchy and mayhem like this. Entire family is in control of the country and looting it very much . They have made enough money and now they. Just need power . They would not give the power to any one and how can you expect them to appoint any one else. Either his brothers or sons : do not think that He would appoint any others: most iodiot in the history of Srilanka and wait and see Tamil issue will pop up and then it would be another blood bath and that what he wants to have to stay in power.

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    Kamal, you foolish man, how could you have not known there was no chance your suggestion would have been taken seriously by our duplicitous dishonest President.

    Try suggesting Namal Baby, the girlie with kissable lips.

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    I believe that most readers will agree with Mr Nissanka’s view that we need a PM who is competent and duly authorised to take charge of things in the absence of the President from the country, and ensure that the proper administration of the state is carried on. I believe most readers will also agree that “we are faced now with a crisis of governance”.

    But I am not sure we can agree with some of the other things Mr N has said as, for instance, his statement “that the general belief is that he (The President) is the only person fit and able to exercise authority”. It must indeed be a sad day for Sri Lanka if the President is the only person so qualified. I refuse to accept that the country is so bereft of talent and ability. And, then, how come this person supposedly so uniquely fit and able to exercise authority has not seen fit to appoint as PM, a person who fits Mr N’s requirements? The fact is that many in fact question whether the present incumbent is the right person to discharge even the normal requirements of the PM’s office. One is tempted to ask if the President in fact wants anyone other than a mere figurehead in the role of PM.

    Mr N also asserts that the President “is the only person in a position to represent the country credibly in other countries.” Oh come on. Again, I ask is SL so bankrupt that no one else can do so as well. Are we to take it then that all the ambassadors the country maintains abroad at great expense are not equal to their tasks?

    Of course, there is a crisis of governance. And should not the President shoulder much of the blame for that? What we have t seen from him is political expediency, horse trading and not a great deal of consistent or principled action. If he had taken firm action in the first instance when the BBS had instigated violence before, Aluthgama will not have happened. No, what he opted for was for a band-aid solution like forming a new police unit to tackle religious ‘conflicts’. No doubt, he will try a similar solution this time as well.

    As for the co-ordination among ministries within the government, the state of affairs there is symptomatic of the larger malaise that is affecting this administration.

    I don’t know how old Mr N is. Perhaps he was not around when the communal riots of 1958 (not 1959) occurred. “The firmness with which the government of Mr Bandaranaike acted” on that occasion is a myth. Mr B was slow to act and the man who ‘ran the show’ and co-ordinated the work of the armed services was the Governor General Sir Oliver Goonetillke to whom Mr B had effectively abdicated his authority. But what happened in 1958 and in 1983 are certainly lessons that everyone should take to heart.

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    Tell me one PM has proved himself above board.

    Appoint Weerawanse or Champika. Both are capable of doing their best to uplift the image of the post of PM further.

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    There are some suitable names for that post that we can suggest.
    1. Rajapaksha. 2. Rajapaksha. 3. Rajapaksha. 4. Rajapaksha.

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    Ha, Ha, another article sucking up to the President. This guy’s suck on MR being the only person in the country who can represent Sri Lanka credibly overseas is the biggest joke of the century. MR has no credibility whatsoever with the decent and enlightened international community except with the pariah states that he associate with. Kamal, obviously do not have the brains to realise that these events are all planned to take place when the President is away, so that he can look like the good guy when he returns to the country and makes the usual promises of an investigation. Why should the President have to decide whether or not there should be an investigation, this is the prerogative of the police to do so. The rule of law has compltely disappeared from this country thanks to the barbaric and uncivilised behaviour of the ruling family. You can look forward to some benefits now from your master whom you adoringly serve. Shame on you.

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    The President does not want anyone to be in charge while he is away.
    He would rather remote-control matters. The 3 names mentioned for PM are as unsuitable and a blot on the name of the country as DimuJ. All 3 have proved they are incompetent even as Ministers. Their corruption is legendary. If you want
    a man of some class, standing and background there is the experienced and suave Dr. Sarath Amunugama, whom the President is forced to invite to lead important Ministerial delegations to the IMF, World Bank and other institutions. The trouble is the Rajapakse family is afraid to appoint good and able people in the fear they will become a threat to them. Which is why the country is suffering in the old square-peg in round-holes quandary.

    R. Varathan

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    Learning lessons from the political past doesn’t seam to apply to the Sri Lankan voters. The problem I see is the general public do not see any other clear path or a vision for the country led by any alternative political actors in this country.

    We need a very clear reform in the political and economic system we have. So long as we have the welfare state system in place, the voters are willing to lower the value of their voice by accepting the handouts the traditional corrupt political families offer..

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