12 December, 2019

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Appointing New Cabinet Arrives At Fresh Gridlock: President Says No To SLFP Crossover MPs And Fonseka

The appointment of a new Cabinet has arrived at a fresh deadlock with President Maithripala Sirisena refusing to appoint crossover SLFP MPs and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to Cabinet positions.

President Sirisena

At the Central Committee meeting of the party held at the Presidential Secretariat last night, Sirisena had assured his party that he would not appoint crossover MPs and former Army Commander Fonseka who has severely criticized the President since the outbreak of the political crisis.

President Sirisena, at the Central Committee meeting, had specifically mentioned the names of Vijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Indika Bandaranaike and Lakshman Seneviratne who crossed over to the ruling party in Parliament. On a previous occasion, the President informed the UNP that he will not appoint Piyasena Gamage, A.H.M. Fowzie and Manusha Nanayakkara as Cabinet members.

The UNP, however, has shot back at the President saying it is the United National Front (UNF) that will make final decisions on the ministerial portfolios. Informed party sources also added that the UNP would continue to negotiate with SLFP MPs willing to work with the UNF government.

“Three SLFP MPs joined the UNF yesterday. Three more will join today or tomorrow. With them joining the government, the SLFP, headed by the President, will have only 15 members in Parliament. A person who has only 15 members in the House cannot dictate terms to a party that has 109 MPs,” a senior UNP Spokesman told Colombo Telegraph this morning.

The President has also informed the UNP that he will not relinquish the Police Department and the Ministry of Media. The UNP, however, has vehemently opposed the President’s move, insisting that the two ministries should come under the UNP’s purview.

UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told the media this morning that under no circumstances would the UNP agree with the President’s demands on the Law and Order Ministry and the Media Ministry.

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  • 54
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    This man is still there. I thought he ran away after RW took oaths as PM. What happened to that complaint about the man’s insanity?

    • 16
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      Sri Lanka did quite well without the ‘Cesspit of Corruption’ that is the parliament during the past 6 weeks despite grand-standing of so called International Community to re-instate Trumpland’s puppet Bondscam Ranil.
      Now back to business, Bondscam Ranil continues to promote horse trading, buying MPs with funds looted from Central Bank of Sri Lanka, just like MR did. Parliament is a UNP-SLFP corruption racket with the JVP and TNA also indulging in the legalized looting of the people of Lanka. JVP must first bring in a motion to stop MPs crossing the floor of parliament for the highest bidder before abolishing the Presidency which should be kept to check the excesses of the corrupt parliament or legislation.
      Bondscam Ranil must be impeached for looting the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and financial crimes against people of Lanka.He must share a prison cell with Mahinda Jarapassa, his partner in financial crime and looting and beggaring Lanka
      Both these criminal and leaders who have been rejected on numerous times by the people are shamelessly clinging to power using money instead of getting out and letting the younger generation take over and clean up the Cesspit parliament.

      • 28
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        Don Dude:
        Prez. Sira must translate and release the full PCOI Bondscam Report with the names of all who benefited from it.
        As long as this is not done, Sira is implicated in the Bondscam cover up

      • 16
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        Don Stanley: Your picture of the world is very distorted, and I say dishonestly so. Trumpland’s puppet Bondscam Ranil? Have a listen to what RW says at World Economic Forum as a member of the panel on regional economics. As for the Bond Scam, Ranil’s alleged culpabililty is on “due care”, not on any complicity in fraud.

      • 1
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        Don stanely
        You are a jerk. You are good at one thing that was taught to you by your mother from your infancy, that is how to suck cocks. Do you know your biological father? NO. I thought so. Your comments are racist to say the least, why don’t you pack your bags and go.

    • 15
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      UNP,

      Ask Sirisena, what happened to his statement that he will resign, if Tanil W becomes PM? Stick to your guns and somebody file a case in the Supreme Court, about his lying and insanity
      .
      Support 2OA and Inpeach Sirisena. Talk to JVP.

    • 18
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      So long as “Political Scientist” Dayan and the likes are advising this man, insanity will prevail. Maybe they are attempting to send him to the paddy fields of Polonnaruwa before his term ends!

    • 7
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      My argument will defer from many because I am a realist. Tell me, is it only Ravi K , the only one who is corrupt in the system or in the UNP? I wonder! Besides what Ravi K has done is accepted funds from perpetual Treasuries who in turn has been the bidders for the govt tender for treasury bills. If Ravi K had not accepted the funds from the Perpetual Treasuries, it does not mean that those funds would have been handed back to the Treasury by Perpetual Treasuries. They would have retained it. So Ravi K has not robbed per se funds from the Govt. However as a public figure Ravi K should not have accepted funds from any, as that tantamount to Bribery. It is not only Ravi K who is corrupt, there are many others or possibly every other person is corrupt in this society. I have found through experience that the ones who shout loudest about corruption are the most corrupt and they do so to display their ideals of honesty, just to cover heir own guilt of corruption in the public eye. Today many are excited after freedom of Democracy has been restored thanks to the UNP led organisation and the public support the Party received. It is no easy task of organising party support that has been involving these very members like Ravi K putting their shoulder to the Party wheel making many a sacrifice while some of the critics of corruption have been mere arm chair critics with no contribution whatsoever. So when the Party decides in appointing a Cabinet of Ministers, all these issues have to be taken in to considerations. Therefore the public has to understand the realities in Politics and not mere ideals alone. The majority who are against Ravi K being given Finance or a Cabinet post are the MR supporters, more than the UNP supporters.

      Cont….

        • 2
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          Mahaweli Gamini is the most famous looter, Rowdy, murderer, racist……. He probably is the main reason Sinhalese kicked on the back of UNP and the party has come to a standstill like now.

          PTL did only the job asked by Yahapalanaya. Yahapalanaya thought, in Jan 2015 that it would not be able to raise even a billion after Old Royals had plundered the treasury and foreign investors backed off from buying any Lankawe stuff. Ravi, New King, and Ranil worked with the lenders in order to PTL conducted the plan. Old Royals were aware what was going on. All necessary arrangements and organizational matters were taken care by Yahapalanaya. UNP, SLFP and PTL together raised 11 billion. Central who asked for only 1 billion immediately adjusted the tender on the day before final day to 10 billion. Remember it is parliament has to answer how the tender was raised from 1 billion to 10 billion. Not the PTL. It is common is business when a buyer goes to seller for small quantities, seller offer volume discounts and sell off all what he has. It is not illegal. There are 200 government corporation had been plundered by bosses by the COPE report of DEW. It is the same guy wanted to present the report to parliament on CB looting. It is then the New King saved all UNP & SLFP just before the election by blocking DEW.
          Quotations can have pilferages as an element. No government can allow looting as an element in the quotation. Government has authority to review the quotation’s back up materials to ensure sincere costing procedure; no accounting fraud. If accounting standards were broken buy a tenderer government can sue him at court for the loss. Nobody should mix up Gemini’s looting with PTL a private company.

    • 11
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      Yes, this stupid man sirisena must remove from office without delay with impeachment motion. Should not give any room for his purported action anymore.

    • 3
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      why cant we get public signatures demanding and compelling MyPahtolaya to appoint SF as Minister for law and order . ?

  • 25
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    Not sure if he is nominated, but Ravi Karunanayake should be the only one to be opposed on valid grounds. The rest, he is opppsed to due to personal reasons. and The constitution is not to be abused according to his personal likes and dislikes.

  • 16
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    shity must go

  • 13
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    Ranil

    Will you employ our own pain in his own neck KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera in order to stop him going nuts?

    If Mangala is appointed as the Minister of Finance will you give him the freedom to do his job, chasing the paper trail of all old and new scams, sending all crooks to prison without fear or favour or any new crooked deals?

    Remember when Wimal Windbag Weerawansa was caught attempting to travel on unsuitable passport under your instruction he was released by the Immigration department at the airport without any charges. In return he wanted to send in a mob to illegally evict you from your official residence.

  • 7
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    Looks like he has read the constitution this time around.

  • 13
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    President has not got correct advice to follow the constitution looks he take instructions from Malinda and from his stooges hangings over on hands
    President want to protect Malinda and family from the cases and make Malinda to win next election and continue to be in the position

  • 23
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    This third rate dog needs to be ejected. A President should leave one’s religion, race, family, party affiliations and bias when he holds such a high post. This rascal though he spoke of the virtues of humanity, democracy, ethics and principles is now practicing just the opposite of that. What more can you expect from a fellow who came with only grade 8, got a job as Store Keeper by hanging out at a party office in his village, assisted in pasting posters and party flags and then was appointed Grama Sevaka again due to Politics. Up to today, this SOB has not accomplished absolutely anything for the country despite being in Politics for such a long time.

  • 13
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    Dont appoint a single minister until Sira reneges. Dont let him have his way. Constitution says the president shall appoint the cabinet in consultation with the PM. So until.the PM consents to each and every selection there cant be appointments. Its bizarre for a government to function with the state media opposing it. An MP who criticizes the president cannot be a minister was a dictum in MaRa’s time. “If you want to go along, get along” was the policy. Not any longer. This is the clearest sign that Sira wants to place hurdles all the way in the governments path and have the media dancing to his tune during the next election. Let him learn a bitter lesson again.

  • 16
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    This “MAN” – The President has gone nuts. Remember, he said: “Even if 225 MPs ask me to appoint Ranil Wickramasinghe as the PM, I will not do that”. Didn’t he do that? Next he said: “If Ranil Wickramasinghe is appointed as the PM, I will not stay as President even for one hour”. Isn’t he still the President?. Should he be allowed any further to function in this position of “PRESIDENT” – The Head of the STATE?. No one can predict what he would do in next “Minutes”, “Hours” and “Days”, because his “BEHAVIORAL PATTERN” is completely out of the RESPONSIBILITIES assigned to this position of PRESIDENT of the country. He is behaving like a “Wild Elephant”, very probably due to LOSS OF HOPES of getting a second chance to be the President. It is time for the people and the country to erect a “ALI VETA” to prevent him causing further damage to lives and property.

    • 5
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      Douglas

      Who has the b***s to successfully impeach him?
      AKD promised to impeach him.
      As usual eventually he is going to eat his own words.

  • 13
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    He seems to either not able to read and understand the constitution in sinhala even. He is not having power to hold on to media and law & ordrer ministry. Also constitution does not say fonseka or slfp members should not be given ministries. How did thia idiot give ministries to wijedasa and deputy posts to gankanda, wadivel, of unp ?
    He is insane. It is time to get rid of him with an impeachment. I

  • 15
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    I am sure that this is being remote controlled by Mahinda, the all time boss of Biyagulu Sira. Sira understands threats only. Give him 2 days to resign, (The Drummer Panikki boy gave only 2 hours for Ranil to vacate Temple Trees). Tell Sira to get out or else!
    .

    Time to storm the Winter Palace. Just let me know the date and I will come over. This is something that I don’t want to miss.

  • 10
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    Sri Lanka is again in a mess as this man’s discission against the law of the country.

  • 14
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    Very soon Maithripala will have to hide inside Mahinda Rajapakse’s sarong. This M3 is lunatic. He has no authority to make any decision, first he is a violator of the Constitution and has to be punished, secondly he is a lunatic and cannot hold the post of the President. The masses should rise against this lunatic soon.

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      Buddhist

      All what you say is correct. You cannot expect the masses the masses to arise on their own. There is no one bold enough to lead. not knowing what would entail. Fascists need imagined enemies to justify their madness.
      The sequel to that is the spiral of violence which leads to fear, confusion,hatred and madness.
      MaRa is hiding My 3 in his sarong to deepen the crisis and reap the benefits from the fall out of that.

  • 8
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    It is due to bumpkins like Sirisena that Srilanka is referred to as a LAND LIKE NO OTHER!

  • 11
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    Impeach this bastard ASAP or surround this bastard’s house, kick the butt and send him to Polonnaruwa by force. A man who has violated the constitution and still making mockery should not be kept as the President in a democratic country.

    • 0
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      Ruwan ,

      Speaker rewarded MARA the job of opposition leader , kicking out the
      man stood by him in the hours of need , in such a hurry ! Kind of
      cowardly surrender it looked at once , to a man who braved against all
      norms and laws ! MARA being an M P is questionable and must be
      challenged in courts . The whole system now is a mess and how do you
      propose to impeach the mad man ? We are now a lunatically democratic
      country ! Whichever way one wants to describe it , rewarding opposition
      leadership to a man whose actions involved unconstitutionality and
      illegality is a mockery of ones common sense . MARASIRA were just a
      millimeter off condemnation by the courts and they bounce back better
      than before with a reward ? And you are talking of an impeachment ?

  • 6
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    He defeated any impeachment plans by joining hands with his false enemy .He
    dismissed his new enemy unconstitutionally and illegally to reward his former
    enemy turned new buddy , an attempt that they miserably failed but HAVE NOT
    GIVEN UP . They together don’t believe in real democracy , they do their best to
    make use of democratic values to ACHIEVE THEIR UNDEMOCRATIC GOALS
    THAT ARE MADE WITH INGREDIENTS OF RACISM ! This man lets his men to join
    hands with S L P P and take up ministries and even allows his main man Mahinda
    to cross over to S L P P and be the prime minister but blocks men sitting with the
    U N P ! Double standard , hypocrisy , treachery and any name suits him ! J V P’s
    20th amendment need to be passed or whatever else need to be done to remove a
    man hostile and so personal on country’s governance that could cost the citizens
    billions or trillions !

  • 2
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    With all the bad and unconstitutional things thing the president did, this is a good move of the president. He should not appoint anyone who crossed the party, ministerial portfolios.

    They can support the government on passing laws be their vote. But should not be allowed to take the executive role.

  • 1
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    The constitution is flawed if it states that the president can appoint the cabinet in consultation with the PM.What is the definition for consultation?It is the process of discussing something with someone in order to get their advice or opinion.So there it is.president has consulted the PM and has asked him whether fonseka and the crossovers are suitable to be appointed as cabinet ministers.The Pm has said that in his opinion they are suitable.The president says that he disagrees with the opinion or advice of the PM and that they should not be ministers.So he gets his way because the constitution only asks that he consults with Pm,but does not state that he has to agree with the PM,unless of course if there is a clause that states that in the event of a disagreement between them what should be done.is there such a clause?If not sira wins this time.

    However the constitution does not mention he can be a cabinet minister too,i think.So if he wants to grab any portfolios UNP can go to court without appointing only those ministers .So another violation by sirisena of the constitution and another nail in his coffin.

  • 9
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    Kakistocracy
    A kakistocracy is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. The word was coined as early as the seventeenth century. …
    This is the word for Patholaya who is ruining our democracy.
    Impeach Impeach Impeach
    Get rid of the virus ASAP

    • 4
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      The Hon. President is 100% right. This cancer of ‘frogs’ is the core problem of Sri Lanka’s corrupt political system. Giveing them ministerial scalps is the food that keeps their belly line expanding. Bastards should be made to lose their seat if they cross over after getting hold of a seat by fooling poor people in the villages.

      Should apply to Fonseka, Ranatunga, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Amunugama, Kalu Zoysa andManusha Nanayakkara who have made a habit of being a minister no matter who holds government. They take us for mugs, bastards.

      • 2
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        How about the previous crossover, wasn’t any frogs offered ministerial posts.. Sira was sorry for Mara for not getting enough frogs, after offering a colossal amount of money.

  • 4
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    CBK should apologise to the Country on nominating MS for the Presidential Election in 2015.
    RW was seen as a WEAK contestant against Mahinda Rajapaksa twice Fonseka contested against MR in 2010 & in 2015 MS managed to become the President with the help of the minorities for which is not thankful at ALL

  • 1
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    Every member of the SLFP must quit that party and join some other party leaving M.S. as the president and its only member. That would be the perfect cure for his condition; he will soon become sane and sober again.

  • 0
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    New King said his lawyers defended him on the court last time because he consulted them. Can he tell to all that whom he consulted on this?

    New King left from SLFP & worked with UNP to his EP position. He then grabbed SLFP leadership with Chandrika’s support. Otherwise he would have been sacked from SLFP all together. He openly accepted it was offered up to 500M to cross over with Minister Position to his side. He appointed others who crossed to UPFA as ministers. When the cabinet is dissolved, he lost all the ministries other than the ones in 19A. He is not releasing them.

    The judges who enforced the injunction said they need to allow the petitioners have injection because majority has to run the show in the democracy. They felt majority being sidelined by EP’s action and government go crippled by that cannot be allowed to continue until they consider the case. So they award the injunction. This tells the majority has the ability to form the government in its way. EP cannot use loop wholes to appoint ministers on his own way. He must remember the ruling part is limited by constitution to have 30 ministers. When there is a limitation like the EP cannot force the ruling party to appoint any one, including him, as minister or reject anyone as minister. He must understand, after 19A he has only ceremonial authority in selecting ministers. He should not count on loopholes.

  • 0
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    Obtain a writ of Mandamus to compel MS to perform the task assigned by the Parliament without any further delay.

  • 1
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    Give a dog a bone, or give the man a rope.
    SL is heading from a rogue state to a failed state. It will become unworkable and the economy will collapse, which will then cause septicaemia and all other organs will fail.
    The only best option is a two state solution for both communities to realise the value of each other to help develop and prosper as good independent neighbours, or get buried, as a Chinese colony in the Indian Ocean.

  • 1
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    This Sirisena will always disrupt UNP to govern smoothly, he is a traitor to this country. He does not want peace, he wants calamity. He likes to see country going into doldrums. All MPs should get together and impeach him now.

  • 2
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    IF MY3 can appoint WIJEDASA AND VIYALENDRAN who crossed over from UNF AND TNA as ministers under MHINDA why now he refusing to appoint crossed over members from SLFP. PURE DOUBLE GAME BY MY3

  • 0
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    “Excellent proposal MS”.
    Please do not be dismayed. Kindly read on.
    “……this may lead to the outlawing of fence-jumping and the horse-auctions”. This bane has plagued us and the time is ripe to address this.
    .
    Will RW avoid Lankan steeplechase champion Vasantha Senanayake?
    Fence jumpers WA Rajapaksha, Kehelia, Bathiudeen, Hakeem, SB Dissanayake?
    Potential jumpers Mano, Segalla?
    .
    Will ‘contentious’ contenders show their Statesmanship by ruling themselves out? For example Sarath Fonseka, Karu J.

  • 0
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    The problem is New King is trying to rule the government and control opposition. This is eating the cake and having it too.
    Very first thing is New King needs to respect the NCM related injunction and allow majority to rule. As long as he is in the Cabinet, he cannot allow his party members become OPL. He must temporarily(for two years) resign from SLFP and ask Nimal or somebody who has valid a membership in SLFP to take up the OPL position.

    The second thing is he should sack all the lawyers and consultants he has with him. Now it is becoming that, after he loose his EP position he is going to encounter many private lawsuits. Only sacking his lawyers can minimize the term he is going to serve in prison.

  • 4
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    Maithiripala is behaving like a dictator which is not a healthy sign for democracy. There is also suspicion that Mahinda Rajapakse is the remote control for Maithiripala’s behavior.

  • 2
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    President My3 is a Vengayam – Onion. I must be sent to kindergarten to learn basics of politics. Sooner he is kicked out better for Sri Lanka.

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