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FORBES: In Sri Lanka, Opposition On Track To Win Elections Amidst Violence

As Sri Lanka gears for presidential elections later this week on Thursday, there has been an increase in incidents of violence, amidst predictions of a win for the opposition, Forbes Magazine said in a recent report.

In an election report the Magazine said assailants shot and wounded three opposition supporters who were preparing a stage for Maithripala Sirisena, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s chief rival, on Monday, the final day of campaigning in Sri Lanka’s election, according to a media report.

Maithri“The men were hit in a drive-by shooting as they set up a podium for Sirisena to address a rally in the southern town of Kahawatte, about 80 miles from the capital Colombo, the report said. A ruling party office nearby was attacked soon after in what appeared to be a retaliatory strike.

“Sirisena has picked up the support of two additional minority parties in recent days, increasing his chances for a win, says political risk consultancy Eurasia Group in a note.

“The defections have weakened President Rajapaksa and political violence is likely to increase this week as he attempts to use the security forces to intimidate opposition voters,” the note says.

“Sure enough. Sporadic violence was reported in other parts of the island state over the past few days.

“Over the weekend a volley of shots were fired at a campaign meeting just after Sirisena had left the stage in his rural heartland home district, according to a Reuters report. The report added that two Election Commission officers were also attacked in the eastern port district of Trincomalee by backers of Rajapaksa’s party. Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE), a local poll monitor, told the news agency that it had received 157 complaints of violence and 1,201 violations of election law since Rajapaksa called for snap elections in November.

“The violence comes in the midst of a week that has seen Sirisena’s diverse coalition gain strength while Rajapaksa has lost ground, particularly among electorally-crucial minority groups. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the main Muslim party backing the president, defected to the opposition. In addition, Sirisena also won the formal support of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the main Tamil party. Rajapaksa could face further defections in the coming days as more niche parties dependent on official patronage opt to back the winning side, Eurasia Group noted.

“And just because campaigning is over, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the violence is over too.

“Eurasia Group predicts that Rajapaksa is likely to use security forces to suppress turnout in opposition and minority areas, which in turn will lead to more incidents of violence. “An attack that advertently or inadvertently injures Sirisena is a wildcard that could lead to more serious sustained political violence,” it says.

“Post-election, in order to keep his disparate coalition of ethnic, religious, Marxist, and center-right parties together, Sirisena would be under immense pressure to quickly fulfill his promise of political reform–which includes amending the Constitution, returning Sri Lanka to a full parliamentary system and holding fresh parliamentary elections in his first 100 days–Eurasia Group predicts.

“A Sirisena government, focused on political reform to restore a parliamentary system of government, would likely pursue populist rather than reformist economic policies, it says, predicting a negative macro business environment,” Forbes said in its report.

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    The overhelming support by different political groups to Maithree is likely to give him an unprecedented win on the 8th but however violence is not ruled out. The peace loving people must show their support for a peaceful environment and transfer of power.

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      I really cant believe How foolish and How can CMB Telegraph gets away, Lying to It Stupid Over emotional Readers.. EG WHy has CMB Telegraph Not give us the Link to This socalled Forges Article??? It has given us the Links to AJ and others. Yet Not this Forges Article. Any one using their Brains and not emotion can see The Manupulated News Articles Some Fales some With True Facts but manipulated to discredit. CMB Tele is Tamilnet minus the venom.. So here is A forges Article I came across RE Election and economy.

      Ten Reasons To Invest In Sri Lanka by Jon Springer

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonspringer/2014/10/30/ten-reasons-to-invest-in-sri-lanka/

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    Sri Lankans have to be lunatics if they vote MR in for a 3rd term,knowing his track-record and after reading this Statement by a fraternity of T e a c h e r s:- (Statement by the United Front Of The Peradeniya University Lecturers and Alumni)
    ” Friends, time has come to educate one another about the massive corruption that happens in Sri Lanka under the Present Regime. The Executive has taken the lead in this process resulting in massive debt, virtually mortgaging our mother land to foreign countries. Each individual and even the unborn in Sri Lanka owes close to Rs 400,000.00 as debt to China and other lending agencies. Country is in the threshold of bankruptcy. Today more than 50% parliament members have not even passed the O/L examination. Present regime has no respect for education. Country’s development could be achieved only by educating people. We emphasise that more than 6% of the GDP need to be allocated for education, which the emerging new leadership has promised. Hence we strongly feel that the present regime should be removed for a more thoughtful, compassionate and considerate leadership to take reins to spearhead this beautiful nation to be a DEVELOPED NATION devoid of corruption, family favouritism and protected independent Judiciary. This Government ……… 1. Promised that the presidential system will be repealed, in the “Mahinda Chinthanaya”, instead extended the number of times a president could contest from two times to unlimited. 2. Robbed around 95 Million LKR from the “Tsunami” fund ( Helping Hambantota ) donated by the Japanese government. This was his first political robbery apart from what he made as the Minister of Fisheries. 3. Let all the ministers of his cabinet to rob at their will, hence he could blackmail them. He turned a blind eye when his Prime Minister imported Drugs and few members of his cabinet importing illegal ethanol and drugs. 4. Alienated the country towards China resulting in India developing bitterness with Sri Lanka. 5. Obtained loans from China at rates higher than Libor (London Interbank Offered Rate) to earn commissions. These commissions in billions were routed to Swiss bank accounts via Seychelles, where MR opened a branch of Bank of Ceylon and also an Embassy in a country where only 92000 thousand people live. Sri Lankan airline flies to Seychelles. 6. Built a port where no ships come. Air Port where no Airplanes land. He made billions of commissions doing these projects. 7. Made money building Roads : The cost per km of the Outer Circular Highway from Kadawatha to Kerawalapitiya financed by China is US$ 56 m(Rs.7.3billion) This cost is three times higher than the Kottawa Kaduwela extension of the Southern Highway financed by Japan ,which is Rs.2.4 billion per km. 8. The cost per km of Extension of the Southern Highway from Mattala to Hambantota will cost Rs.2.14billion, whereas per km cost of the Southern Highway cost only Rs.975m 9. Bid price of A9 road was Rs.140 m per km when the departmental estimate for an A class road was Rs. 20m. 10. Construction of the Norochchole Coal Power Project was awarded to a well- established Chinese contractor at US$280.00M in 2005 by the previous regime. Soon after present regime came into power it cancelled the contract and awarded it to another inexperienced Chinese firm at US$520 million-almost double the previous price. Plant is inoperative even after 2years of completion. 11. On a dispute between Essential Services Commissioner and Asset Maritime (Pvt) Ltd arbitrator-a retired High Court Judge awarded Rs.600,000.00 as compensation to the company. A Committee appointed by the President on the intervention of the First Lady awarded Rs.180 million to this company owned by Dhammika Perera and Nishantha Wickramasinghe- latter being a brother of First Lady. 12. Due to the ill-conceived Hedging deal of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation headed by Asantha de Mel (a person connected to the political establishment) lost Rs. 230 billion in2007. No one has been held accountable for huge loss of public funds. 13. Failed to initiate investigations on 29 journalists murdered or disappeared. Lasantha W, Pradeep Eknaligoda 14. Failed to initiate investigations into the deaths of Members of Parliament 1. Raviraj and one other. 15. Appointed 38 numbers of the Presidents family and extended family, to diplomatic missions. 16. Turned a blind eye on losses at Mihin Air to the tune of 6-8 Billion, made by his closest buddy Sajin vas Gunawardane who had been criminally charged previously. He appointed his brother in Law Nishantha Wickramasinghe to Sri Lankan Airlines who has no formal education and made losses to the tune of Rs 70 billion to date. 17. Influenced the judiciary to President’s benefit. Impeached the 43rd Chief Justice for no reason. Makes judicial appointments to his benefit. 18. Allows Presidents children to play (Car races) on the streets of Colombo at their will by closing roads. He over ruled Mahanayake Theroes to hold car races for his children in Kandy town. 19. Failed to nominate Election, Police, Public Service and Judicial services commissions. 20. Udayanga Weeratunga – Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia. Cousin of President Rajapakse. Accused of involving in a shady deal to purchase MIG Fighters for the Sri Lankan Air force. 21. Paid 700.00Million rupees to Prabhakaran to purchase weapons to kill innocent Sinhalese using Karuna Amman who is now a deputy Minister and a Vice President of the SLFP. He uses Kumar Pathmanathan alias LTTE arms dealer to his personal benefit. 22. How Karuna was sent to London “ On August 30, 2007 the Department of Immigration and Emigration issued a diplomatic passport number D1944260 in the name of “Kokila Dushmantha Gunawardena” whose occupation on the passport was given as Director General of Wildlife Conservation. The photograph on the passport was that of Karuna Amman. The Department of Immigration, it is pertinent to note, comes under the Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order of which Gotabaya Rajapakse is Secretary and President Rajapakse the Minister”. 23. Failed to conduct an impartial inquiry into killing of around 43 prisoners at the Welikada Prison. 24. Did nothing to improve the economy and failed to introduce workers charter. Economy in shambles. 25. Arranged for his son to sit for the Law exams in an isolated air-conditioned room, away from the other candidates. 26. Killed protesters in Rathupaswala (8), Free Trade Zone (1) and Chilaw (4). He used maximum force on all protestors.”

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      Thank you sir, it has been a great reading! WELL DONE!

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    Forbes calculations are accurate. Long Live MY3 and let him make Sri Lanka a peaceful country for all communities especially the minorities without any discriminations. Long Live MY3 and Clan.

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    With all the parties supporting My3 ,how on earth can Rajapaksa win?

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      It’s impossible. When Maithripala has a large amount of parties and organisation backing him would be difficult for Mahinda to win the election as he expected earlier November.

      Now for Rajapaksas to stay in power is uncertain due to growing anti-government sentiments. I don’t think Mahinda could win this election.

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      Unscupulously!!!

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