17 September, 2019

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Civil Society And Academics Alarmed By Rajapaksa Appointment As PM Without Parliamentary Majority

A group of civil society activists and academics have stated that they are alarmed by President Maithripala Sirisena’s move to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister without the support of a Parliamentary majority.

Issuing a statement, the group has stressed the need for all parties to uphold constitutional provisions, rule of law and democratic processes and bring the current constitutional crisis to an end.

The full statement issued by the group is as follows:

We are alarmed by the recent turn of events, where Mr. Maithripala Sirisena has called upon Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who does not command a majority in the Parliament, to form the government. In 2015, the country voted in Mr. Sirisena, on the promise of change and good governance. The majority of people voted in the Coalition government too, in the general elections, with Mr. RanilWickramasinghe at the helm. Neither Mr. Wickramasinghe’s government nor Mr. Sirisena have kept their promises to the people.

The last three years have been a series of manoeuvres between warring factions in which divided loyalties and self serving opportunism ruled the day. The current move is simply a culmination of these acts. Although there have been some positive changes during this time, such as the opening of space for civil discourse and freedom of speech, the legislation of the Right to Information Act, and the return of some military-held lands, the current regime’s neoliberal policies, not to mention theimpending Counter Terrorism Act (CTA), build on similar policies of the previous regime and provide little relief to the people. With a global economic crisis looming large, the country is facing challenges all round.

The announcement of the President calling upon Mr. Rajapaksa to form the government, and then proroguing the parliament, makes us think that Mr. Rajapaksa does not have a majority at this moment. Such a postponement also signals a time of political manipulation of a precarious situation and warns of a premeditated and near autocratic take over. It weakens the already fragile fabric of democracy that we have and spells further danger to dissent, protest and people’s collective action.

The struggle for democracy is not just about the constitution. It resides in economic, social, and individual welfare, the right to dissent, and a commitment to pluralism. Although important toconsider the unconstitutionality of the President’s act and the precedence that it sets, our concerns go beyond those of a constitutional crisis. We want to stress that democratic processes need to be cherished and upheld at all times. Rather than continuing to support the ‘lesser evil’, let’s work toward bringing all people together as a citizenry to build hope for our collective futures.

We wish to call upon all those in positions of power, particularly all political actors, to pledge their support for democratic processes. At the same time, we wish to pledge our support for democratic action. This is the moment to begin a collective action by students, teachers, workers, women’sgroups, religious groups, and others working toward social justice, to form a coalition and a counter force against authoritarian reaction.

Endorsements

  1. Dr. Ranil Abayasekara University of Peradeniya
  2. Dr. Kanchuka Dharmasiri, University of Peradeniya
  3. Prof. Liyanage Amarakeerthi, University of Peradeniya
  4. Dr. Harini Amarasuriya, Open University of Sri Lanka
  5. Swasthika Arulingam
  6. B. Aswini, Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management
  7. Crystal Baines, University of Kelaniya
  8. Dr. Lionel Bopage, Australian Advocacy for Good Governance in Sri Lanka (AAGGSL)
  9. Anushaya Collure
  10. Dr. P. A. D. Coonghe, University of Jaffna
  11. Dr Enoka Corea University of Colombo
  12. Marina Daniel
  13. Prof. Kumar David, formerly University of Peradeniya
  14. Marisa de Silva
  15. Dr. S.J.S. de Mel, University of Peradeniya
  16. Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri, University of Colombo
  17. Geethika Dharmasinghe, Liberation Movement
  18. Prof. Priyan Dias University of Moratuwa
  19. Fr. T. L. Rohan Dominic, Claretians
  20. Rasu Eeswaran, graduate student Michigan State University
  21. Evan Ekanayake Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo
  22. Ruki Fernando, Human Rights Activist
  23. Priyantha Fonseka University of Peradeniya
  24. Nilshan Fonseka
  25. Sunila Galappatti
  26. Mario Gomez, International Center for Ethnic Studies
  27. Devaka Gunawardena, Collective for Economic Democratisation
  28. Prof. Dileni Gunewardena, University of Peradeniya
  29. Dr. Ranil Guneratne – Formerly University of Colombo
  30. Tasneem Hamead
  31. Dr. Farzana Haniffa, University of Colombo
  32. Rohini Hensman – Writer, Independent Scholar
  33. Kaushalya Herath, Lecturer
  34. Dr. Rajan Hoole – formerly University of Jaffna and University Teachers for Human Rights
  35. Deekshya Illangasinghe
  36. Saman Ilangamuwa Journalist
  37. Prof. Qadri Ismail
  38. Mihiri Jansz, Lecturer, Open University of Sri Lanka
  39. Sumedha Jayakody, The International Centre for Ethnic studies
  40. Prabhath Jayasinghe
  1. Dr.Prince Jeyadevan Professor of Chemistry, University of Jaffna
  2. Dr. D.R. Jayewardene, University of Colombo
  3. I. Jeyanthi, Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management
  4. Rev. Dr. Joseph Jeyaseelan, Claretians, Sri Lanka
  5. S. Jeyatheepa, Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management
  6. Dr. Ahilan Kadirgamar
  7. Dr. Ranga Kalugampitiya University of Peradeniya
  8. Saman. M. Kariyakarawana Visiting Lecturer Univ. of Sabbaragamuwa
  9. T. Karthika, Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management
  10. Niyanthini Kadirgamar, graduate student University of Massachusetts
  11. Dr. Pavithra Kailasapathy, University of Colombo
  12. Chulani Kodikara, PhD Candidate
  13. Rushira Kulasingham
  14. Peace S. Kulasingham
  15. Dr. Ramya Kumar, University of Jaffna
  16. Dr. Shamala Kumar, Univ. of Peradeniya & University Teachers for Democracy & Dialogue
  17. Dr. Vijaya Kumar, Professor Emeritus, University of Peradeniya
  18. Prof. N. Savitri Kumar, Ph.D. Research Professor, Institute of Fundamental Studies
  19. Prof. Amal S. Kumarage, University of Moratuwa
  20. Kaushalya Kumarasinghe
  21. Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala
  22. Dr. Vivimarie VanderPoorten Medawattegedera, Open University of Sri Lanka
  23. Dr. Saumya Liyanage University of Visual and Performing Arts
  24. Rita Liyanage, Formerly Univ. of Peradeniya
  25. Dr. Prabha Manuratne, University of Kelaniya, University Teachers for Free Education
  26. Dr. Sudesh Mantillake University of Peradeniya
  27. Saravanabavan Mayuran – Government Surveyor
  28. Achala Meddegama, Entrepreneur/ Environmental Conservationist
  29. Juwairiya Mohideen
  30. Rumala Morel – Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
  31. Thulasi Muttulingam, Journalist, Jaffna
  32. Sabreena Niles, Lecturer, University of Kelaniya
  33. Afrah Niwas
  34. Dr. Gehan Panagoda, University of Peradeniya
  35. Buddhima Padmasiri, Lawyer
  36. Thadchaigeni Panchalingam, graduate student at The Ohio State University
  37. Chaminda Perera, Assistant General Secretary, Ceylon Federation of Trade Unions
  38. Nicola Perera, University of Colombo
  39. Vihanga Perera
  40. Ramindu Perera – Open University of Sri Lanka
  41. Muthulingam Periyasamy, Institute for Social Development, Kandy
  42. Thiagi Piyadasa, Lawyer
  1. K. Rajaledsumi, Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management
  2. Rajany Rajeshwary, Feminist
  3. Sumathy Rajasingham
  4. Sanjayan Rajasingham, Graduate Student, Yale University
  5. Vasuki Rajasingham, Principal, Nuffield School, Kaithady
  6. R. Rajiththa, Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management
  7. B. Rakini, Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management
  8. Dr Harshana Rambukwella, Open University of Sri Lanka
  9. Sandamini Ranwalage, graduate student University of Miami
  10. Madhubhashini R. Rathnayaka
  11. Dr. Champa Ratnatunga, University of Peradeniya
  12. Peter C. D. Rezel, Strategic Inspirations (Pvt.) Ltd, Boralesgamuwa
  13. Dr. Kanchana N. Ruwanpura
  14. Athulasiri Samarakoon, Open University of Sri Lanka
  15. Dr. Dinesha Samararatne, University of Colombo
  16. Prof. Gameela Samarasinghe, University of Colombo
  17. T. Sangeetha, Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management
  18. S. Sasiyanthini, Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management
  19. R. Sathanayaki, Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management
  20. Shreen Saroor, Women’s Action Network
  21. Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, Pointpedro Institute of Development
  22. Sharmila Seyyid
  23. Fathima Shahira
  24. Dr. Jani De Silva, Independent Researcher
  25. Vanie Simon Social Activist
  26. Priyalal Sirisena, Attorney-at-Law
  27. Prof. Sumathy Sivamohan University of Peradeniya
  28. Esther Surendraraj University of Colombo
  29. Rev. Jude Sutharshan, Principal, Christian Theological Seminary, Chunnakam
  30. Prof. V. Thevanesam, University of Peradeniya
  31. Dayapala Thiranagama
  32. Mahendran Thiruvarangan – University of Peradeniya
  33. Dr. Darshi Thoradeniya Visiting Lecturer, Dept. of History, University of Colombo.
  34. Sandun Thudugala, Social Activist
  35. Tanuja Thurairajah
  36. Dr. Ramila Usoof, University of Peradeniya
  37. Nelum Uttamadasa
  38. Deanne Uyangoda
  39. Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda, University of Colombo
  40. S Vijiyaledsumi, Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management
  41. Thiyagaraja Waradas
  42. Amali Wedagedara, graduate student University of Hawaii
  1. Devaka Weerasinghe, University student, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  2. Natasha Weerasinghe, Art teacher/home maker
  3. Dr. Ruvan Weerasinghe, University of Colombo School of Computing
  4. Prof. Carmen Wickramagamage University of Peradeniya
  5. Prof. P. Wickramagamage (Emeritus Professor) University of Peradeniya
  6. Upul Kumara Wickramasinghe, graduate student at the University of Durham
  7. Prof. Nira Wickramasinghe, Leiden University (formerly University of Colombo)
  8. Dr. Sinha Wickremesekera, Medical Doctor
  9. Priyan R. Wijebandara Independent Journalist and Visiting Lecturer
  10. Asanka Wijesinghe, Graduate Student, The Ohio State University
  11. Subha Wijesiriwardena Women and Media Collective
  12. Lal Wijenayake – Convener, Lawyers for Democracy
  13. Dileepa Witharana, Open University of Sri Lanka
  14. Setheeswary Yogathas, Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management
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  • 9
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    Even I could have signed, if the statement called for a general election, instead of taking sides in the power gamble! It is frozen by the 19th Amendment.

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      Dr Laksiri,

      Sorry to tell you this ………… if you have even an ounce of shame and your education means anything …….. please refrain from acting in this shameful way. Your position as a columnist in this forum warrants better behaviour from you at this perilous moment of our nation and it’s democracy.

      Honestly do you have to stoop this low in expectation of some position? A person in your position should have some self respect.

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      I say Laksiri, you have run yourself out along with Dayan J by showing your partisanship. Now stay quiet. This statement will stand very well without your signature.

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        nimal fernando & Justice and Fairplay

        While you are engaged with Laksiri Fernando, guess who sneaked into this forum. Please see below:

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      Indeed, what is needed is a general election!
      Both Bondscam Ranil and Mahinda Jarapasa have turned the Diyawenna Parliament into a Hub of corruption or as Nikki Haily would say “Cesspit” of Corruption with duty fee SUV bribes. Convening a Cesspit of corruption without first cleaning it out is useless.
      Also, the next general election should ban Ranil, MR and all those over 70 from contesting

      There should be a retirement age limit of 68 for politicians contesting elections. It is time the younger generation is given the opportunity to clean up the mess made by the current corrupt generation of politicians who are living longer and have destroyed the country.

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      Lackey Fernando
      You’re a toady and a coward. Don’t try to insult the CT readers with your nonsense that this is a ‘power gamble.’ We are not idiots; we can see this is nothing but a power grab by the Rajapaksa Mafia with the help of the spineless slimy rogue Sira. All right-thinking people in the country – except for politicized crooks like you – demand the immediate summoning of the Parliament. Then whoever has the confidence of the house can emerge as the PM. Can’t you understand this simple truth? It is better you don’t sign the statement. Your name will only blemish a laudable effort by decent individuals.

    • 4
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      Dear Laksiri,

      How could one demand a general election, when the constitution as amended does not allow for that to occur, unless at least a two-thirds of the whole Parliament resolves to request the President to do so. Even for that to occur Parliament needs to be convened.

      Otherwise, to have an election there is a waiting period of four and a half years from the inception of a new government. We are not yet into four and half years of this government.

      So, I think demanding a general election is not be an option.

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      Dear sir,
      I have high regard for you.unfortunately you seem to be forfeiting it by your stand on murder of democracy.you know what happened during rajapakshe rule.only probable reason why white van did not visit you is because of your Australian citizenship.Dont ever think Mahinda is a changed man.International community will have to intervene if this murder persists.

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    IN ORDER TO RESTORE THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS, THE PRESIDENT SHOULD ARRANGE TO RECONVENE PARLIAMENT WITHIN DAYS (WITHOUT WAITING FOR 16 NOVEMBER) AND GIVE A CHANCE FOR MR. RANIL W. TO PROVE HIS MAJORITY STILL CLAIMED BY HIM. THE SPEAKER SHOULD CONSULT ALL PARTY LEADERS BEFORE DECIDING ON THE PROCEDURES FOR THE UNIQUE AND UNPRECEDENTED DAY WHEN THE PARLIAMENT REOPENS, IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT TWO MPS WILL CLAIM TO BE THE PM, ETC, ETC. — PROF. KOPAN MAHADEVA, LONDON, 29-10-2018.

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      How could any leader of the party prove that he has a majority. The negotiations between the leader and the members to cross over takes a long time as it depends on the sum they expect .The is the disgraceful situation in Sri Lanka. The best way Srisena should have handled the situation was to dissolve parliament and hold fresh elections. Even now it is not too late.

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    Why wait for novemeber 16th. MR Sirirsena rajavassa are all rogues. They are trying to bribe everyone to build a mjority. OUt STUPID VILLAGE IDIOTS doesn’t have a clue how these devils destroy the country.

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      Oh. Forgot the country was going so well before this. While I don’t think this is the best way, something had to happen before the country went to a point where it could not cope up again. How could you call a country where people over the age of 60 HAVE to work hard to survive. PC Elections postponed for over a year. No one talks about how undemocratic that is. Elections are the most fundamental right in a democracy yet that was taken away. The CB was robbed 3 years ago, and still there is nothing being done to bring the main culprit to Sri Lanka from SG. Don’t speak like the country was functioning properly before this. If you want to point out mistake, make sure you point out mistakes of both sides. Also the local govt. elections gave everyone a sense of what people wanted. They wanted RW out. I don’t agree with whatever is happening now as it is not completely fair, but I am glad there is some change. UNP should’ve got rid of RW and replaced him with someone better if they wanted the Govt. to go ahead without any issues. Unfortunately anything RW goes in the UNP, and others views don’t matter.

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      John,
      Haven’t you heard how Ranil won the no confidence vote?
      ——————–
      At the Local Government election, stupid village idiots sent the right signal to the Royal Gang but those Royal idiots failed to understand that.

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    Latest Royal’s argument is they don’t need the parliament vote to remove Ranil and it is done with executive power.
    One must understand that official procedure to seat new Prime Minister is over. The oath taking is over. He officially accepted the work today, October 29, 2018. When the parliament is reconvened, I am not so sure, if it can pretend like none of these have happened. Apparently the seats will be rearranged for Ranil and Old King.
    The resolution that is going to be presented is confirming Old King. If Old King is defected, still outed Ranil doesn’t get the job.
    I don’t see a junction that these two paths meat at some point in parliament and reconciliation reached. One must wait and see if military will occupy parliament on 16th.

  • 0
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    Let People of the Country to decide ,called for a general election, instead of taking sides in the power gamble.

  • 2
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    Some of us lay-Lankans, guided by the good old commonsense, felt that our latest dilemma fitted the description of a coup. We knew this was coming because the desperation of some of our ‘leaders’ were getting very getting visibler and visibler.

    We understand the ‘alarm’ experienced by the eminent academics.

    PS: It is worth noting that the absence of the language/religion-divide. However, come elections, this will be the magic wand of SLPP.

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    All the indications are, on Nov 16th, in Parliament, Ranil will voluntarily allow only Old King’s confirmation voting to take place.

    The case is, under normal circumstances, an opposition member would present the NCM. In this case Joint Comedy Club is not interested in a resolution like that. So it seems Ranil’s supporter have to ask to verify Ranil’s command in the parliament. It sounds like an odd procedure.

    So the NCM or however it is going to called, on Ranil will not be on Ranil.

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    I would like to add my name to this list because I too,bare the same opinion.

    Dr.Nilanga Samarasinghe
    Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy
    University of Luzern
    Switzerland

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    Now you all feel the pain in coming months;
    GOATA white van culture will appear ..
    Media will be one sided;
    Some politicians will be jailed;
    Some journalists will be killed;
    Some fraud will appear once again;
    Some crooks will loot public money;
    Some thugs will appears now ;
    Some fake appointments will be made;
    How did people forget dark days;.
    Some judges will be appointed;.
    Some army officials will be promoted; brought form home towns of both;
    Some politics will be promoted;
    Some revenge will take place;
    Murders; corruption; anarchy; will rule of the country soon.

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    We had no questions when a PM was appointed without the will of the people. His attempts to grab power by assasination, his arrogance, push to compensate terrorists, harassment of military, push to sell national assets and sell sacred land of Sri Lanka is not patriotism. MS and MR are experienced enough to have checked their legal sources. MPs who have privileges will swing like a pendulum. The suffering masses are the real barometer. I was in Sri Lanka just last month and didn’t find a single citizen who was happy and most were unashamed to admit they voted for RW with much regret.

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    “Neither Mr. Wickramasinghe’s government nor Mr. Sirisena have kept their promises to the people.”
    President Sirisena in his speech to the nation explained very clearly why he could not fulfill the promises he made. Former PM Ranil Wickramasinghe has been the main obstacle. You guys are dumb idiots to believe that Ranil Wickramasinha will fulfill ‘Yahapalana’ promises he made. He fulfilled or trying to fulfill the promises he made to Tamil Diaspora and Western Governments who helped the ‘Regime Change’. If Sobhitha Thero was alive, he would have committed suicide by hanging in front of the Temple Trees.

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    Jehan is forced to stay only in direction in this issue. He has to agree that constitution has to be followed. He could not insist that the President has to follow the Sinhala Buddhist so he/she can let down Tamils, Muslims and IC, his usual logic.
    Unlike the other two acolytes, Lasksiri Fernando and Thero de Silva, here Jehan PhD has stayed out of suggesting an election, which they both see as a more reliable option because Donkey Trading can go wrong or even revered. They think the election will transfer power as they think. They believe a Biriyani – Arrack election would be accepted not questioned by many. There are some communist and dictator countries too, have their self-sponsored elections. . Those twos cunning talk is LG election is a decision for Parliament, too. Beyond many mismatches in the parliament election and LG election, Old King did not win in LG election and me not talking about the 46%. Further Slap Party LGs failed to gain absolute majority in most of the LGs. Probably that will be situation in the coming Parliament election too. But most important point is Old King did not face the February election. In that Old King did not stand for seat. Old King’s Party got 4% only. Old King is going to meet the coming election with that 4% party. Now Old will have to stand in the party he campaigned against in LG. Before the parliament election, there has to be another constitutional coup, within SLFP, to decide who lead the SLFP. Many suggest even before that Old May Pack New in the 6 feet box. Especially Thero has been predicting a lot about the Slap Party, but we questioned a lot about those talk. (He always stayed away from suggesting a coup like this). Those questions are still remaining unanswered. It is in those circumstances Thero de Silva and Lasksiri Fernando suggesting an undue election instead of or in addition to donkey trading.

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    I endorse every word in this statement

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    If Ranil Wickramasinghe stepped down over the Central Bank issue, none of these would have occurred. No one can blame the President over the removal of Ranil Wickramasinghe. But replacing one crook with another is not acceptable. If the President picked any one other than Mahinda Rajapakse, the situation today would be quite different.

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    Good try, but folks need to understand that what is going on in Sri Lanka’s “Constitutional crisis” is also a result of geopolitical power games in Indian Ocean region give the island’s strategic location.

    Ranil’s downfall is ironically a result of America’s Cold War against China, even though he is America’s man and MR China’s buddy. Bondscam Ranil while protecting Mahinda Jarapassa and family these past years in the name of Fake Reconciliation, created a UNP-SLFP bi-partisan corruption racket and turned the Sri Lanka’s Parliament into a “Hub of Corruption” – all this was with backing from Trumpland which sought to control the policy process in Sri Lanka through Ranil’s office, as China was making inroads with BRI.
    Ranil Wickramasinghe, who does his medical checks in America, has however, been played by Washington’s economic Hit Men and deep state security “advisors” , who increasingly controlled Lanka’s outdated neoliberal economic policies, designed to put America First and benefit the global 1 percent and related security interests. This is why Lanka was in a worse debt trap with the rupee being crashed. Washington’s Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC) designed the “Land Bank” to asset strip and get Cheap land and mineral resources in Lanka and were targeting Transport infrastructure (with India) and energy security and marine and air space sectors in the island. A perfect storm was created with RAW fake news about an assassination plot.
    Lanka’s political-economic crisis is externally driven, as much as, a result of corrupt politicians – MR-Bondscam Ranil and Sira and cronies. Hence, what is needed is an integrated National Development plan that benefits the people of Lanka rather than global 1 percent and US, China or Indian security interests. Also, all the so called foreign aid and loan projects should be halted and reviewed at this time, to ensure that they are priority and benefit the people of Lanka, rather than donor countries and their debt trap.

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      I agree with you.

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        Right on Dodo, Japan which is Washington’s proxy in Indian Ocean and ADB (owned and operated by Japan and US), are the biggest SL debt holders (25%) vs China’s 10.3 % .
        There has been a lot of Fake news about a Chinese debt trap when in fact Japan holds much more Lankan debt. Japan has been giving loans to corrupt Lankan politicians to build hugely expensive highways and flooding the Lanka with Japanese cars and SUVs to benefit Japanese economy.
        This fake aid from Japan is a big part of the debt trap along with ADB, WB and IMF loans. What we need is good PUBLIC TRANSPORT – air conditioned trains and buses also to avoid air pollution. Also, it was the dodgy Japanese rating agency Nomura Ratings that started the crash of the rupee by publishing Fake data on the amount of Debt that Lanka has.
        These academics should ask Japan keep its Fake Aid loans and ask for Debt cancellation, not re-structuring, from Japan and protest outside Japan embassy and ADB which are responsible for Lanka’s debt trap and crashing rupee.

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    Great is the initiative of Civil Society and Academics to right a grave wrong committed by the President and his camp followers. Greater still is the debut of Sri Lankan Students Studying Abroad, making common cause with citizens resident within.
    Swami Vivekananda’s oft repeated quote is worthy to be remembered. “Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached”. What is the immediate goal?
    The following sequence seems mandatory.
    Revoke forthwith the prorogation of Parliament.
    Parliament to be summoned by the Speaker at the earliest.
    Vote of confidence to be taken on the constitutionally appointed authentic Prime Minister Ranil.
    Vote of no confidence on MR who the President knew was unlikely to command confidence.
    Impeachment motion against the President to be filed.

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    If Rajapaksa rams this through he will always be called the illegitimate Prime Minister.
    No one can can act like they are above the constitution, and take the law into their dirty hands. Shame on Sirisena for agreeing to this arrogant power play. What was he promised, and is he aware that one the Rajapaksa’s put their foot in the door, they will bring their entire unwanted family once again, to rule with corruption, crimes, racial tensions, and a threatened media, with no freedom of speech.

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    These quintessentially Clintonian clowns will never learn and will keep popping up until they push the disgusted Sri Lankan electorate into the doomsday option this time next year of a Bolsonaro backlash. Nice going, ladies and gentlemen, hope you’re happy with the successful results of your achievement so far. You’ve just got to push a little bit more!

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      While introducing the ‘Bring back the hangman’ bill, a local hero of Dayan Jayatilleka praised Duterte of Philippines for the massacres. Duterte thanked the hero.

      .
      Dayan has a soft corner for Bolsonaro and so does that Valery G who by the way claims to be in the inner circle of Putin. This Bolsanaro is the Duterte of Brazil. He is a misogynist and is as crude as Duterte. The Bolonsaro ‘backlash’ at the next elections is really his dream/wishful thinking!

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      Dayan,

      Please stop creating an artificial distinction between Gotabaya R and Mahinda R. The moment MR was sworn in as PM, we entered into the Bolsonaro era. No intelligent person will fall for your theoretical chicanery. Stop your nonsense.

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    Interesting NOT a single monk among the 138 names.

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    What about 08 Jan 2015 ,when RW was appointed as PM. If appointment of MR is not legal and ethical enough. Then appointment of RW was not ethical and legal. Wait till parliament resumes. The truth is RW will never be PM. Because people from his own party wants him out. President went for this decision because he got the support from some UNPers.

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    The other lackey, Dayan has also come again to the fray. He will do anything to get a high position like Ambassador and then will put into prostitution! And he will come out with the jargon that he thinks nobody understands. This time “Clintonian clowns”! Go on man. There will be another day when you lose your trousers at Kanatte Junction very soon!

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    NGOs and academics who live in ivory towers ! They may well be alarmed since they have no clue about the pulse of the people on the ground. Who created NGOs ? The West of course so they can infiltrate and make weaker nations dance to their tune. First condemn any such country as violating Human Rights and cause tension among the masses – hey presto you get the likes of Libya Egypt etc uprising. If it’s not oil it would be about some other assets or natural resources that they are after. And academics only read Western oriented writing imbibing everything like sponges without hearts or minds and no understanding whatsoever of ground realities pertaining to different countries, their culture history or economic realities. NGOs make millions with their slavish boot licking and pandering to these evil forces with no regard to the plight of the everyday man woman or child and laughing all the way to the bank !!!

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    It is gratifying to see a signed statement admitting to the following:

    “The last three years have been a series of manoeuvres between warring factions in which divided loyalties and self serving opportunism ruled the day.”

    frowning upon

    “the current regime’s neoliberal policies”

    and

    “At the same time, we wish to pledge our support for democratic action.”

    All very good. Peaceful demonstrations are good, however patience to wait until the 16th to resolve this issue would also be a good idea.

    It’s a good time to remember that it was a democratically elected leader, fulfilling his promises for a Sinhala – only system, that caused untold problems for this country.

    President Sirisena’s promise to hold elections in 3 years, 2020 is when elections are due, is a sign of hope.

    But we need more that democracy.

    All the above signatories need to educate the voting population on the real issues involved and how the alternatives stack up. Hopefully politicians will discuss issues and not be bent on attacks on each other.

    Each party needs to put forward its stand on the issues of:

    1. The findings of the LLRC and how best to serve our minority citizens
    2. Our relationship with India, China and the US
    3. What kind of economy we want
    4. How we manage transition between governments

    An education campaign instead of a political campaign is in order. Let the thus educated masses choose their even more educated leaders. We will all be winners then.

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    mr.president, pl.note. with your recent despicable, unconstitutional , totalitarian and shameful action, you have betrayed yourself and if you seek elections mainly the intelligent sinhala will never vote for you. those days are over with you recent dastardly unpopular action… joining forces which were trying to kill you, according to your own statement.
    -dayal

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    I cannot understand why RW did not go to the Supreme Court for a Ruling instead of begging the Prez and going to the street and precipitate disastrous action by third parities.
    I am glad a citizen has filed an FR with the SC. Hope they hear the case and rule on it before the Nov 5 or even before if all the legal pundits are correct.

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    Please add Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera to that list. Looks like bloody good company to be associated with.`

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    This is a “farting in the wind” exercise organised by ex Ltte sympathisers, political adventurers, and other doubtful characters. Of th 138 signatories 50 are Tamils, and some of them known LTTE sympathisers. More than a dozen signatories from Tamil women from an outfit called “ women’s coalition for disaster management.”. Very appropriately titled the disaster being a person by the name Ranil Wickremesinghe.There also8 Muslim signatories waiting with lapping tongues to pick up the crumbs that fall from the Dravidian table. And of course the balance assorted Sinhalese trying to stand out as extraordinary Sinhalese waiting to help our Tamil brethren in the hope that the Tamil professor would duly reward them with promotion for his lack of patriotism !, The names of the Sinhalese traitors will be etched forever for their disgraceful betrayal of their heritage.

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