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Constitutional Coup Without Democratic Precedent

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

“I fought in the old revolution

On the side of the ghost and the King…” – Leonard Cohen, The Old Revolution

My profound thanks to Prof. Susirith Mendis for his critical observations (‘A Random Thought’, Opinion page, The Island, January 15th) on the appointment of the new PM and his Cabinet. My thanks also to him for his kind, and ideologically accurate, mention of me. His critical lucidity is no surprise to me given not only his own heavyweight academic credentials but also the intellectual tradition of which his late father LNT Mendis and his father-in-law Godfrey Gunatilleke were/are such stellar exemplars.

The core of Prof Susirith Mendis’s argument is as follows:

Is what has happened a world’s first in a functional democracy? Is there a parallel anywhere else in the democratic world, or as a matter of fact, anywhere else in the world? …Where the presumptive Executive Head of a democratic country is a person who was neither elected by the people nor was his party given a mandate to govern as the largest party in the Legislature? All I understand happened on the 8th of January 2015 was that in accordance with the existing Constitution of Sri Lanka, the people elected an Executive President. They did so, on the basis of Chapter One Article 3 and 4 of the Constitution of the DSRSL where the “inalienable sovereignty” rest with the People and their Executive power is “exercise and enjoyed” through the “President of the Republic elected by the People”.

But we find, when we wake up now, that for all intents and purposes, (as happened between December 2001 to February 2004) a pliant and weak President without a party of his own, appointing a UNP Prime Minister and for all intents and purposes a UNP cabinet. But at least on that last occasion in 2001, RW and the party which he led, contested a Parliamentary Election and won a mandate to govern. They were the largest party in Parliament. The moral and constitutional legitimacy for RW to form a UNP government was never in question.

But what happened on January 8th? Not having the confidence to lead his party and garner the right to govern through a direct contest for the Presidency, he has performed a ‘constitutional coup’. The People, using their inalienable right of sovereignty by exercising their franchise (Ch. 1 Article 4(e)) elected MS as President…Let me say this again for emphasis. RW, who knew that the People would not give him the democratic mandate to rule, backed away from facing the ‘will of the People’, and supplanted a more acceptable person who will do his will. A constitutional sleight of hand to gain power that he would not have been directly given by the People. His maternal uncle, the ‘Old Fox’ would have been proud! He has outdone JRJ! I am sure that the ‘Old Fox’ could not have thought out such a political manoeuvre to grab power. But maybe he never had the need. He could come forward confidently on his own. (By the way, I just remembered! The ‘Old Fox’ too was trying a constitutional manoeuvre to become the President for the third time. Remember? The JVP revolt and Ranasinghe Premadasa prevented him. Sorry for that aside!). Let us get back to what I was saying.

So, I question RWs ‘right’ to govern. I believe that the ‘will of the People’ has been manipulated and thwarted. I feel the ‘spirit’ of democracy has been violated.” (‘A Random Thought’, Prof Susirith Mendis, The Island, January 15th 2015)

Not only am I in complete agreement with Prof Mendis’ view that it is a Constitutional Coup, I would add that it is entirely without precedent in a democracy. When I read Prof Mendis, I had already expressed these views in a one and a half hour radio broadcast, on Neth FM’s program “Balumgala Unlimited” on Tuesday January 13th. The fact that the election manifesto of the common Opposition candidate mentioned it, does not excuse such a move because an election manifesto cannot supersede the Basic Law. Furthermore, one may have voted for Mr. Sirisena or against Mahinda Rajapaksa for many reasons, not always due to agreement with the full contents of the manifesto.

The correct democratic method of transition would have been for President Sirisena to preside over the existing cabinet, re-shuffle it, incorporating Mr. Wickremesinghe into it, and later to invite Mr. Wickremesinghe to demonstrate that he enjoys the confidence of the House, after which he could have been appointed PM. Instead the cart was quite deliberately put before the horse. One can imagine the howls from Colombo’s ‘civil society’ that would have followed had President Rajapaksa (or indeed President Premadasa) had done any such thing or even attempted it.

Prof Susirith Mendis’ and my argument and critique would be true of the upcoming fast-track or ‘shock therapy’ Constitutional changes. Neither the UF in 1970 nor the UNP in 1977 rushed through basic constitutional change at break-neck speed. The idea of a new constitution was in the UNP manifesto of 1977 and had been canvassed by Mr. Jayewardene since 1966. The new Constitutions of 1972 and 1978, flawed as they were, issued from a process of transparent deliberation.

I have not expressed my concerns (as I did in Sinhala on Neth FM Radio) in the English language because the urban English language reader is currently (and temporarily) domiciled in the same bubble of elation and false consciousness that it always finds itself whenever the UNP wins—and my memories date back to Esmond Wickremesinghe’s end-’64 crossover plot and the UNP’s “Hath Havula” of 1965. My most recent recollection of this urban middle class blind-spot is of course Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s Athuruguriya Millennium City move and the CFA. I have therefore decided to give myself a break from writing to the English language newspapers until the reality of the continuing crisis, most especially, the national factor, rudely and indelibly impinges as it always does.

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    He will stop writing in English! That’s all I saw. All I care about. Hallelujah. Miracles DO happen!

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      Democracy is a corrupt circus in Lanka today.. Not much has changed with the same old corrupt politicians holding on to power and crossing the floor..
      The cross over culture must END and a new Constitutional amendment be brought to prevent it and hold politicians ACCOUNTABLE to the people who elect them. This cross over culture is the reason for the circus that democracy has become in the land of Modayas..

      Corruption is still kept going by the CROSS OVER CULTURE that reigns supreme at the Diyawenna Parliament of corrupt morons, crooks, looters and murderers, and is alive and well – with UPFA politics now jumping into Ranil’s cabinet.
      The new dispensation of corruption it seems is here… All this must be cleaned up. Ranil was the ultimate COLLABORATOR with Rajapaksa in dividing the UNP and enabling the cross over culture of corruption to prevail and wreak all institutions of democracy..
      So people must be vigilant to keep the corrupt politicians accountable.

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      Thank you for drawing attention to Prof Mendis’ article. Both his points and your own arguments make a lot of ‘obvious’ sense.

      I raised the very same issue in a similar vein, emphasising that Ranil’s appointment on 9 Jan was “ultra-vires” because the President elect could not have had the confidence that the majority in Parliament would back Ranil – as required under S43(2) of the constitution.

      But, the Colombo Telegraph refused to post my article on the flimsy argument that I had mentioned a “conspiracy” in the context of what had happened.So much for freedom of expression.

      But now the world knows the illegality and undemocratic nature of what happend on 8 Jan 2015 and how a pact between M Sirisena and the UNP replaced the Constitution.

      Time will raise more issues.

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      This particular nationa#s most known [Edited out] now now no way to attack RW. And there he has chosen the article lately posted by a prof.
      Anyways, people of this country are very much clear if RW has no right to govern this country, what Right MR should have to move on manupulating the vulnerable masses that would no nothing but struggling for their day today life in the created environment where daily essentials are unaffordable. I myself experienced this during my short staty in the country few weeks ago. This time the article writen by most known Mr Proclaimed so called scientist some what fallen to low level. However, I have the feeling everyhting set on the 100-day programme seems to be working. I never thought that Mr. President would ever meet MR after the election. But he has done that last night. People of this country will learn how to creat respect and dignity of a society – just looking at the humble and simple manner the president moves forward these days. He isa villager but his calm and gentlemanner will say everything. He himself stressed that politicians should give examples to the others.
      Had MR won the election, he would have been holding weeks long KIRIBATH eating parting on the people ‘ funds. Dont underestimate, MS is not new to lanken politics, he has equal years of exp in lanken politics.

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      [Edited out] Dayan ,

      Trying to hang on to some one’s quote again , is it ? man you are famous for flashing your P.hD title and claiming to be a “Political scientist” , tell me what predictions you got right ? remember your predictions about Geneva ? your assumptions about American’s influence in Geneva , weren’t you jumping up and down based on your misguided/prematured conclusions on that unsuccessful canadian attempt (Louise Arbor) at Geneva ? you came to a conclusion without India’s support America or west can’t touch SL ! what happened in the end ? what about all your predictions and that countless useless advice ? i’m not a P.hD holder of political science or a baka pandit like you , yet i managed to predict the exact out come of Geneva well in advance in country wise , food for thought learned doctor !!

      Now with regard to 2015 Presidential election , you always maintained that winner would be decided by the majority (Sinhalese) and MR would/should/could/must be the winner , let me remind you some thing again , i proposed and predicted if CBK were to support any candidate that would be a definite game changer , Did it occur to you , without CBK , there wouldn’t have been a MY3 candidacy , without MY3 there wouldn’t have been a broad coalition and hence there weren’t be a split in the UPFA ! weren’t you busy like jackson Anthony and that low life Kendara Sumane singing hosannas for your king ,assuring the victory , read my comments , i reiterated the scenario and assured the victory , in fact i kindly requested MR to pack his bags to avoid a last minute chaos situation , what has happened in the end , learned doctor ? do you know that you are the number one clown among the so called intellectuals ? it’s indeed a great relief to hear that you are going to hang up your boots for good , thank you DOCTOR , please don’t reverse the decision for SL s sake !!!

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        Dear Srilal,
        this man will never learn it.

        He s gone to mad this day- because all his prediction ended up as he never thought. I HAVE THE FEELING NOT ONLY THE RURAL HAMBA PEOLE; BUT DJ AND MAHINDAPALA SHOULD HAVE GONE TO INTOXICATED BEING UNABLE TO JUDGE THE ABLITIES OF MR FROM THE DAY ONE.

        So called poltically senior academic to fall to this low level is not what he ever thought. Above all not getting posted to new destination to prove his abilities once again was his dreams. Now as we are becoming aware, DJ will have no place neither in the current nor the next regime. He has cut his neck by himself. Truly saying, even if he has used world refernces, we the CT readers no values in his articles. However, Mahindaplaa, DJ and the few will have to utter their 2 cts in this way- since they are all unemployed to this day.

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        Dear Srilal@,

        I am fully in agreement with you. To my eye you are a great analyst -Srilal. None other than you predicted it crystal clear my friend.
        This is very right:
        “i proposed and predicted if CBK were to support any candidate that would be a definite game changer”

        That is why I thought to add praises from my side back and forth encouarging your views. That helped us the many being out of the country to see it right. Thanks once again.

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          Dear friend Sirimal ,

          Thanks a million for your encouraging statements , people like Dayan needs to be exposed and chased out from the SL political map , in fact these sort of people are the root course for the mayhem which we witnessing today . Wimal Booruwansa is another Dayan type selfish , arrogant scum that needs to be chased out from SL political sphere , Thank God , CBK, Mangala, Rajitha kind shrewd politicians around with MY3 & Ranil , they know exactly what is MR up to hence always two steps ahead of him.

          My advice for MY3 is , arrange a speedy trial for all the parliamentarians (including UNP) , if convicted , bar from contesting any election for at least 10 years (similar to Jayalalitha), this way MR and all his thieves will be prevented entering the parliament again !

          interesting time ahead ,Sirimal , will see how MR going to play his cards this time round !

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            Thanks Srilal@,
            Let s calculate the expenditure of CURRENT president since the MR is off from the position. I have the feeling – the very simple nature that MS has been familiar with has saved huge sums of funds of the poor man – alone within the few days passed (from 9th to 15th – 6 days). MS did not call a kiribath dansala type HOCUS POKUS party as it would have been case if the bugger would have been the winner. All these will save millions and billions ascending from this week. With that funds alone, they the curernt regime can finanze giving a better life for the most in need. I am so happy – Srilal – words cant express it REALLY – you and all who worked hard to make it clear are the real assets- NO DOUBT. Did we ever feel that MR will this easily be removed from presidency in last September ? Nobody- however the opposition strategically and most intelligently planned it as no other times in the past. Simply great achievement of all times sofar- kudos for them.!!!. I hope everything will work as it planned… Jaya niyathiai.. greetings from Frankfurt today-:)

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              i posted a video link for you Sirimal , for strange reasons , it has been removed !

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      Good that DJ is now writing only for Game Bayya. at least he knows that we are sick of his ‘Edawela political analyses’

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    Democracy was tuned into the CIRCUS in the land of Sinhala Modayas by the corrupt and criminal Mahinda Rajapaksa regime – DJ – your great hero!
    Endless and meaningless ELECTIONS were held to demonstrate the stong mans’ MACHO power.. Remember DJ – your hero.
    Ranil Wickramasinghe was part of Mainda Jarapassa’s circus of DEMOCRACY in Lanka..
    The JVP are the only Honest Sinhala politicians AT THIS TIME in Lanka.

    So please stop prating HALF TRUTH and see the BIG PICTURE – Dayan. In this land of Modayas – there is no real democracy – only a circus!

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      SM you are so right!

      Corruption is what greases the Circus of Democracy in Lanka today. But let us not be distracted by spin master, DJ from the REAL COUP that Mahinda Jarapassa tried to pull off by trying to abrogate the elections and dissolve parliament – on election night January 2015.

      This will be the stuff of my next play…
      The COUP against the STATE and PEOPLE of Lanka, planned by the great Sinhala PATRIOT, Mahinda Rajapaksa (who now has all the “security” he wants because clown Ranil gave it to Jarapassa, when his defeat was clear) must be revealed in full and Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cabal must be tried in OPEN Court for Sedition.
      MR must be Jailed for his lies and fake patriotism. MR is the real terrorist in Lanka today. This was the gravest coup of them all aganst Sinhala Modayas of Sri Lanka! Mahinda poor, baby when he lost, suddenly claiming that he had 2 years more to be President when the people’s verdict was clear. The truth must be told of the greed, corruption and mischief of Dayan J’s great hero – Mahinda Jarapassa!
      Indeed, there are miles to go before we sleep..

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      WHAT I LEARNT FROM THE ELECTION RESULTS IS- EVEN IF WE THOUGHT THAT THE ISLAND NATION (majority of the populace – rural voters) ARE NOT STUPID AS ANY ANAYLSTS GUESSED AT THEM PRIOR TO ELECTION. THEY ARE KNOWLEDGELBE ENOGUH TO GRASP THE EROSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS /DEMOCRACTIC VALUES SINCE MR HAS BEEN IN POWER: ON ONE HAND HIS FIRST TERM PUT THE END TO THE LONG DRIVEN – MOST ALARMING RELAY RACE OF WAR – NOT ONLY BY HIS MEDIATON WITH THE HELP ALL ALL3 FORCES. HE EARNED AND EVEN GRABED THE CREDIT THAT SHOULD BE SHARED WITHIN ALL- BY HIS UNIQUE WAY OF GOVERNANCE: HE COULD NOT SEE BEYOND THAT SUCCESS THOUGH FINDING SOLUTION TO THE ETHINIC ISSUE OF THE COUNTRY APART FROM DAY TO ANOTHER. MUSLIMS WERE REGULARLY ATTACKED: NO RESPECT WAS GIVEN TO THE DUE: ALL THESE WORKED ON HIM TO BECOME THE LOSER AS OF NOW.

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        Seelawathie,

        I agree with you.

        But will you please stop using capitals except where necessary. To do this you will have to unlock the shift key. Block capitals are a strain on the eye and an irritation over all.

        Thank you.

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          Pardon Miseur@, but I used the capitals intentionally – since the content is crucial to be passed. I assure you to do so when it is necessary only. Thanks too.

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    DJ, why don’t you take a permanent break?

    Licking your wounds in hibernation until your Lord and Master MR re-emerges is your ploy no doubt!

    Poor man, sob, sob, sob!!!!

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      Before long, DJ will find a way to make a come back as he has done before, and support the new incumbent as he cannot survive in isolation as a political science analyst.

      That said, it is a known fact MR blundered big time and this opened new doors for the opposition to gain a foothold and RW ingeniously engineered his entry into the top slot using people power, and this is much better than a mere 2/3rd majority in Parliament where horse trading becomes the order of the day. That RW will be appointed PM if MS wins was known to the people from day 1, and it was given a resounding ‘Yes’ vote when it was endorsed by a majority of nearly 450,000 voters, and this is what matters most. The Constitutional implications can take a back seat for a while until this is fully absorbed and appreciated.

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      You frickkking murderer of the English language.

      Why use multiple exclamation marks? You think more makes it better?

      Ignorant peasant!

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      It is sad – that a learnt doctor- senior diplomat – senior lecturer to fall to this level – but he cut his neck being intoxicated to his Raja – whose ablities are now becoming clear akin to tricks being played by thugs in Hambantota area to stay in power.

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    Thank god. He decided to not write anymore in English. Now he clearly understand that he can’t anymore fool the educated mass. Thanks for not writing anymore in English.

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    ” I have therefore decided to give myself a break from writing to the English language newspapers until…. “.

    Halleluja! Hopefully this will last forever, as most of us are tired of your crap.

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    Hey Dayan, tell us what you think of the attempted conspiracy to hijack the election. Should your heroes be prosecuted?

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      Hijack? this man DJ is another Kudu Dumiya type who will say “mata Mathaka neha’ a dubious creature covering from a PhD all his political diarrhea.

      The self claimed political scientist have absolutely no idea of this hijack thing as he was paid by MaRa to write against the CC during the election.

      DJ have gone to the level of Wimal W and Gommanpila, shameful creature.

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        here you are dead right but you need to know nothing can work on keeping away the man and his function mode. He is like a genetically modified creature to function for Rajano. This nature you will see in Jackson Anthoney, his cess pit-mouth piece made MR a king to the gulliable nation. His public speeches did not go beyond to Monarchies we had then to compare the ablities of MR with those of the kings. There, the bugger never thought of the destruction he would make by introducing such strories today- 21century of the era- Anyway let this being by gones issues, but the impact will stay on the nation – since their media men carved them in lanken society as a tattoo effect would do.

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      Only a Hulsdorf black coated fly will ask such a stupid question.

      You should ask [Edited out] Mangala to prove his case!

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    Nothing to worry about what Dayan says.

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    This guy DJ is a pro MR pundit. He knows very well RW would not entertain
    Him even from his kitchen side because RW is an intelligent man and understands the stupidity of this guy.
    President Maitre has very clearly indicated in his campaign that RW would be made PM after elections and similarly other UNP stalwarts too said so. Accordingly he has been made PM and the proof of strength will be proved on the 19th when Parliament is reopened.
    If by chance MR had won and similar appointment made DJ would be the first person to justify it and also the suspected coup at the early hours of the 9th has succeeded. This is his hypocracy and no one takes notice of him as a old person suffering from dementia or other sickness.

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    You are correct about Ranil W. His attitude in a nutshell here.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k9LqFjmKKc

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      Each side ridicules any achievement of the other side. Self before nation. Remember the UNP saying SF was not fit to lead the Salvation Army? And ‘Johnny(landmines)in front, Fonny behind’. All our politicians work for their own personal advancement. Many are lawyers and were called to the bar. Hence they are all utter bar stewards. That explains the state of the country today.

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    Cant you moron keep out of this page. Your opinion on politics is just another bag of lies.

    You made your point before and it sound like your opinions are only good for dogs like you.

    Atleast try to fo somthing valuable. Become a farmer and do something constructive without barkink like a mad dog you moron.

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    If not Ranil then who? You MR cronies cannot get over the fact that it is all over for you people. Ranil, experienced politician, masterminded the downfall of your corrupt and despotic hero. For this we would be ever grateful. Also Ranil’s hands are clean and unstained whatever anyone may say. Therefore he deserves every right to be PM as promised in MS’s manifesto and campaign. Get a life Dayan.

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    Oh c’on man… you one big pessimist! Put your energy and effort to something productive rather than picking on everyone who doesn’t fit your agenda.

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    Hey flim flam, we know you are weeping for your paymaster who is jobless now. Ha..ha..ha…

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    RW and MS told in campaign of 100 day programme..poeple voted them in to power.so it happens now..law requires president to appoint pm who he think command majority.he did what all presidents fid.even after general elections some wont say who pm would be.but president decides after election then only we know.

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    You should be deported or locked up in an asylum !

    YOUR opinion is not that of the people you moron.

    Why don’t you ask your bum sucking pal Rajiva for a diplomatic appointment ?

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    Dissapointed academics and pretentious pundits may pontificate about “constitutional coups” which according to them ” are entirely without precedent . . “. But is it not also without precedent for a veritable dictatorship ( corrupt, ruthless and unscrupulous) to be peacefully deposed through the ballot ? But then one would’nt expect those sympathetic to such regimes to appreciate the miracle of such a unique transformation let alone welcome it.

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    What? Preside over the ‘old’cabinet till he formed a new one? and give MR time to organise his own coup? MR played ‘ducks and drakes’ with the constitution himself. He created an undemocratic ambience. The change had to be drastic.

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    I think the constitutional validity of appointing RW as the prime minister by MS merits discussion and I have no objection to that and I hope constitutional experts would argue the matter. But I am not sure what Prof. Mendis whom Dayan quotes has to say about how MR robbed people of Sri Lanka of their sovereignty by forming a two third majority in the parliament with the support of MPs from the opposition who crossed over to the govt. side by offering them various inducements. Of course this was legalized by Sarath N. Silva then Chief Justice. What MR did with his two third majority is now well known history.

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    “So, I question (Ranil Wickramasinghe’s)RWs ‘right’ to govern. I believe that the ‘will of the People’ has been manipulated and thwarted. I feel the ‘spirit’ of democracy has been violated.” (‘A Random Thought’, Prof Susirith Mendis, The Island, January 15th 2015)”

    When we analyse it carefully, what Prof Mendis says is very true. There are negative comments to this article because it is written by Dr DJ but what both are saying is the whole truth.

    May be in April this year Ranil will be able to prove that he can garner the support of people of Sri Lanka to become the PM. I doubt it!

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    Both Prof Mendis and Dr. Jayatilaka has not pointed out anything to get angry about. Certainly they have not written these either in english or sinhala for people who do not want to apply their brains. Certainly these people know history and have studied these fields more deeply than anyone who is commenting in this forum.

    Before commenting negatively, think and rethink of what actually happened.

    RW is someone who has been clinging on the UNP leadership for years.
    He has never given up his leadership providing another acceptable person within UNP.
    He is someone who couldn’t win an election for a long time.
    He is someone who refused to contest in 2 Presidential Elections, 2010 and 2015.
    He is someone who went after common candidates every time there is an election.
    He and UNP does not have enough majority in the Parliament.

    He became the PM just because MS appointed him based on the deal they had.

    Simple as that.

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    Ranil must hang a portrait of Ven Rathne, alongside Mr Prabakaran in his PM Office, if he hasn’t got a Shrine Room.

    That is what brought him this good fortune..

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    You say that the appointment of a person who did not have a party of his own as president is unconstitutional; you also say that the appointment of RW from the UNP as prime minister is also not in the spirit of the constitution.

    I say, so what?

    MR infringed so many provisions of the constitution in so many ways on so many occasions in a perverted manner and there was not a whimper from you then!

    So it is hypocritical on your part to create a big fuss about such things now.

    Anyway, this is only supposed to be a temporary government until we draft a new and sensible constitution, so why worry? Be philosophical Dayan!

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    Dr .Jayathilake

    You did your best to get Mahinda re-elected to Presidency by proposing so many from Anura Kumara to Karu Jayasuriya to Sajith Premadasa as the most suitable common candidate knowing very well that none of them could beat Mahinda.

    Now you are writing nonsense simply because you want to console yourself.

    I doubt whether there is much difference between you and Mahinda’s astrologer.

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      focusing on your last para – among them there were two astrologers made their predictions favourably to MS. My all respect to goes to blind person – Totawatta. His knowledge about the world and astrology is a real wonder to me. I am proud of him me bbeing a lanken though living permamentaly in Europe. And my angers became uncontrolleble while watching the manner Chandrasiri Bandara behaved himself in that TV show.

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    Dayan has no right to talk about democracy.
    He was a complete Mahinda supporter during the election. Always on state TV praising Mahinda. He also was at temple trees, giving one sided lectures to professionals (doctors etc) forced to come to Temple trees
    He was a partner in crime- misusing state resources for MR

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      He is a die hard supporter to MR can you immagine the bugger branded DJ as a powerful NGO worker – 2 years ago in the Aljaseera interview ? Maruwath Kepuwath SUPPORTIVE.. these nature of supporters are plenty in the country – they voted for MR irrespectve of the information they got through the media. This culture will change if the media men would work on a neutral basis at least from now on. Media is what makes impossible in each country. In europe, at the time, japanese radiation disaster occured, nothing was tele/broadcasted in terms of that. But the danger befoer the japanese and the neigbouring region were realy high – the blood cancers that could occure in human beings were really high. It is the media and politics between EU and Japan hid that from people getting the truth.
      In the same manner, today, those who are in power get more about the abuses of the previous regime though MR sang the song in the same tone until he was defeated. Durnig my stay there in November, I thought our people should be really blind and deaf to behave suppotive to MR – now only I feel what I guess was right. Even teachers joined me attacking when question whethere there is at all law and order in action in the country. PVT buses ran to the orders of thugs – sometimes with 30Km/h just to stop their rival drivers getting more passengers in. Anyway, as I once travelled by pvt busses to check how the passengers feel, none of them had rights to talk about .. this is how they just let it go. No law and order under MR regime. Not even Premadasa was fallen to that levels even if his regime took the lives of over 50k youth of the country, we escaped the lives narrowly at that time.

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    In the context of the CT Forum, the value of what is written depends on who the writer is. For a long time now, Dayan Jayatilleke has been a practicing hypocrite. Nothing good can come out of what he writes or says.

    As for me I am just a citizen wishing the best for my mother land.

    I am concerned when Jayatilleka writes because at the moment his over-riding concern is to extoll the virtues of the Rajapaksa gang. He never once wrote that the Rapaksa Gang were nothing but economic pirates, who saw ethnic hatred as an opportunity to enrich themselves. They have no principles other than say anything, do anything, to further their personal enrichment. The ethnic hatred they generated in grand style.

    The reference in the first paragraph to “intellectual tradition of which his late father LNT Mendis” is an oblique attempt to remind readers what a great father Dayan Jayatilleke had. But Dayan is a shame on the old man.

    It was a relief to read “I have therefore decided to give myself a break from writing to the English language newspapers …..”

    Good riddance of bad rubbish. The Sinhala folks also hopefully will not have to wait too long.

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      To tell you the truth, he brought good articles to this forum until he held that MR#s interview held with Alajaseera two years ago – in which DJ was attacked calling him as a powerful NGO worker by Mahinda Rajapakshe. But not passing a day DJ was invited to Templetrees to take part in a meeting – that meeting changed the writing style of Dayan Jayathilaka COMPLETELY. Prior to that DJ dared to expresse his own views independently. Unfortuantely, writers style of writing seems to be changing depending on the secret ties made between – meaning nothing else airing biased views. So, if DJ s articles had least credibility upto then, even that was dminished from that Aljaseera interview and its aftermath. CT readers are not jokers. They are very concerned about what the WRITERs add to the forum. In contrary to DJs, Tisaranee is regarded as the queen of all writers to this forum – pourquoi? she had never been changed by any kind of influences made on her…… SHARPEND as a swode bringing all the abuses of MR regime.

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    May I add that it is not only the “the urban English language reader who is currently (and temporarily) domiciled in the same bubble of elation and false consciousness” but also some sections of the Tamil diaspora who appear to believe that by replacing one Sinhala chauvinist with another the conflict between the Tamil people and the Sinhala state will somehow be resolved!

    The ‘zero sum’ game which the Sinhala state has so successfully played over the last 7 decades is unlikely to be ditched now.

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    Prof. Mendis seems to assume that RW is given executive powers under the proposed constitutional changes. I am not sure how he arrived at this conclusion. I don’t think there is such an agreement among the groups that signed the MOU with Maithripala. the executive power of the new parliamentary form of govt. should rest with the parliament and the cabinet and the PM should be always answerable to the parliament.

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    Mr ranil was always looking another candidate past couple of years because he knew in front of Mr with war victory no one can challenge it was a accepted theory so he found the combination of spin n fast bowling team it paid off dividend now the game is wide open in future of presidential election without MR

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      You may be right – it was just because he did it strategically. He has made it very clear the one who would get elected by general election will be the PM and the next to him will be the deputy PM. The way the wave moves is sofar successful. If not the NFF and MR supporters would not break the laws in the days to come – the current regime will save the nation by being able to bring all what they promised. Nothing will stand on their way- if UPFA could support the programme- since focus is to bring good goverannce to the stage. Those virulent politicians and their voices should be made silent – as Germany ‘s counter part parties were not given chance to rise p after the war.

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    Political commentators and analysts like Dayan make predictions, narrow assumptions and provide verdicts only to find out on the 9th of January why they have all gone wrong.

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    Hurah..How about making a permanent break from writing in English.. write away in Sinhala..even the Hambantota buffaloes are smarter than you think you moron.

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