24 May, 2022

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Maithripala Has Lost His Moral Crown; He Should Go!

By Mohamed Harees –

Lukman Harees

It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make          

amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere 

to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character. – Dale Turner

After weeks of political drama in our Dharmadweepa since October 26th, it was the height of irony that RW was sworn in as the PM for the fifth time this Sunday, before Maithri, thanks to a historic verdict by an independent judiciary and public activism, after having said that he will not appoint RW even if all 225 parliamentarians said so; thereby eating his own words. Maithri also screamed that he will NOT stay in office even for a day, if it happens. Now that the so-called ‘impossibility’ has happened, the nation has begun to look at Maithri with much wariness and a tinge of sarcasm whether he will do what he promised to do, at least this time. However, knowing him as he got gradually unmasked ever since he was elected in January 2015, the chances are next to nought. 

Maithri has been gradually losing his credibility and proving himself to be thoroughly inefficient, slimy, political (instead of being apolitical), corrupt and since 26th October, a crackpot, betrayer, cunning figure, and a chronic liar. Only concerted public pressure can therefore force his hand to stick to his ‘promise’ and resign OR call for a Presidential election after January 2019 or force their Parliamentarians to impeach him for the unforgivable damage done to the country, recovering after 30 years of war and subsequent years of dictatorship and divisiveness. 

For political leaders to be able to function and to deliver, having a healthy ‘stock’of political capital is essential. As authors Whiteley and Seyd described it, ‘political capital refers to citizen feelings about the political regime as whole, not just about the party or coalition which is currently incumbent. It is broader than the concept of legitimacy, since it encompasses citizen perception of regime competence, as well as of regime legitimacy’ (1997, p.128). It is unlikely that political capital can be put to effective use if one’s credibility becomes seriously hampered, and it is hard to imagine how a leader would succeed at that point in mobilizing others. Credibility for that matter is one of those indispensable political qualities that barely rates a mention when it is there. Yet when it is missing, nothing else matters as much.

It is clear as daylight that credibility and self-respect of the political class in Sri Lanka have becomes seriously hampered even to irreversible proportions specially during in the Post-War era. Serious levels of corruption, extravagant lifestyles, foreign travel, racism, loss of touch with the ordinary folks and inefficiency as well as excess fat in hierarchy levels of government have made this political class the most despised among the people. However, be it as it may, corrupts, cheats, drug dealers, criminals are continuing to be sent to the Lake by the House either through the ballot route or national list because of the outright stupidity of the people. It is a bane that the ones elected by the whole country to be their executive Heads of State have also been acting with impunity and thriving within the same polluted political culture instead of changing it. Maithri has now become an epitome of  this despicable political culture and a fatal cancer which has engulfed our lost nation.Well! Fish rots from the top! they say and it is so much true in Sri Lanka. Many ‘Addresses to the Nation’ he made in Post- Oct.26th period have been full of lies and distortions, unbecoming of a Head of State.  

It will be recalled with much humour that it was in September 2016 that a ‘fake’ article was published on a bogus ‘Guardian’ newspaper website, that Maithri was adjudged as the world’s best president by a Technical Committee made up of experts from reputable International Civil Service Organizations and think Tanks., which received at least 10,000 likes with several unsuspecting Sri Lankans also going on to congratulate and criticize him in the comment section. The story claimed that there has been ‘rapid development’ since he assumed office in January 2015.  It is expected that a factual and actual article will now appear that Maithri has become the world’s worst president who has put the name of Sri Lanka in the news websites in recent times for the wrong reasons.   

In addition to irritation and anger about  Maithri’s actions, people are fearful of what might come next. With people being regularly fleeced and cheated by the ruling class who fail to adhere to the string of promises they give at elections, the people are losing their hopes in the democratic process. The country is showing signs of descending into a troubling and more authoritarian phase. While the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe coalition government has been a huge disappointment, it was to the credit of the government that it at least opened up more room for assembly and speech.and with less meddling with the Judiciary as it was before. In this context, recent Maithri/MR’s recent unconstitutional manoeuvres have once again raised renewed fears of authoritarianism.  Overall, the whole system of governance stinks to high heavens with Sri Lanka turning into a corrupt haven and always been a flawed democracy where ethnic majoritarianism has prevailed.  

The positive development during the recent period of trouble has been that the attempted coup was met with significant resistance. As we saw, at crucial moments—through the Supreme Court and Parliament—the country’s institutions have held up, while the range of civil society protests and public criticism of the coup attempt has also been notable. Nonetheless, the Post October 26th developments have already inflicted critical harm with  Sri Lanka’s democracy being dealt a major blow. The economy has already taken a massive hit. Maithri’s standing has been irreparably tarnished politically, though he’s unlikely to ever be held accountable for his illegal actions due to this absurd immunity he enjoys in office. 

Sri Lanka’s current impasse is more than a constitutional crisis — it is a moral and political one. The state needs much greater reform. This rotting process of the political process cannot be stemmed by plastering remedies. True! RW has been reinstated as the PM; but that is not the remedy for the long term ills besetting Sri Lanka. There should be an honest reckoning with the ‘Yahapalana’ government’s failures over the past four years. Ranil being re-appointed as PM after public activism does not in any way mean that people are with his policies . In fact they are clearly not. People came out to stand up for democracy. Any movement opposing Maithri and the present political culture of impunity must advance a viable political and economic vision for all Sri Lankans, including the country’s minorities. 

Maithri’s tantrums should be punished and should be forced to step down/ to call for fresh Presidential elections/ impeached. His drama and antics if left unpunished will set dangerous precedents to the future leaders of this country as well to the future generations. Future candidates for higher offices like this should be subjected to intense screening and vetting by a civil/ public committee. Moreover, this monstrous Executive Presidency should be abolished with the incumbent accountable to the people through the Parliament; if not at least the incumbent should be held to account for all his/her misdeeds and insane acts. Immunity cover to the President should be definitely revisited. 

And, if Maithri has an iota of shame or self respect, he should go pronto voluntarily. As the Abba song ‘The King Has Lost His Crown’ goes, 

‘How does it feel? I guess it hurts your pride ….

Disaster and disgrace – the king has lost his crown
Suddenly he’s clumsy like a clown
The world is upside down
The king has lost his crown

Was it hard to step down from your throne….’

Maithri should listen to the plea of the masses of this country and pack up his bags and GO!. This is the least he could do to at least mitigate the ill-effects of the utter mess and damage he initiated. If this does not happen, a concerted agitation campaign should be initiated to make Maithri go home. This campaign should also be used to pinpoint the culture of political impunity and corruption prevailing in Sri Lanka. Be it as it may, as it stands, people should not rest their case, but continue their agitation to ensure that this rotten political culture is changed for forever. Humour could be an effective weapon too. Social media has proved this effectively .

When Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square to protest the regime of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, they brought with them a funny weapon against the guns and tear gas of the military: a sense of humour. They carried cartoons, sang parodic songs, and renamed the central garbage heap after one of the president’s agencies. In the short term, their humour was a powerful vehicle for nonviolent struggle against a potentially violent regime, and it followed in the footsteps of similarly antic protests in places as disparate as communist Poland and the Bush-era United States.  Humorous protest is a very sophisticated—and even tricky—tool to deploy against authoritarian regimes. As Hannah Arendt wrote in On Violence: “The greatest enemy of authority … is contempt, and the surest way to undermine it is laughter”, although  laughter has political advantages as well as limitations. Many political memes based on Maithri’s lowly antics can be used to highlight his unfitness to hold this high office and force him to go home, as well as in fighting political impunity. 

For activists, there are no limits to the supply of humour—after all, it comes from deep within our different cultures—but there are limits to how it can be used. Joking “with” others rather than “at” others is important, as is knowing what crosses the line and violates norms, and what does not. Jokes do not fly if they are out of context. Activists who know what, culturally, triggers laughter can use that knowledge to their advantage, even against the most seemingly omnipotent governments. Sri Lankan activists and civil organizations, too can use this tool of humour to change this culture of impunity in politics. 

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  • 11
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    Sira may be a fool but Bondscam Ranil and his neo Con, neoliberal economic development agenda is dangerous. Bondscam Ranil who turned the parliament into a Cesspit of corruption with his friend Mahinda Rajapakssa (who he protected for the past 3 years), must be impeached for looting the Central Bank of Sri Lanka ], with his friend Mahendran, and pen house Ravi. K, before more damage is done to the Economic Rights and Land rights of people of Lanka in the name of Fake Development.

    Hope JVP will now push for Economic Justice for citizens and impeachment of Ranil for financial Crimes against people of Lanka and destruction of the most important financial Institution in the country which is also a reason for lack of FDI and the magnified Debt Trap and crashing rupee.

    • 28
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      Lukman Harees,

      RE: Maithripala Has Lost His Moral Crown; He Should Go!

      No, he won’t go He is a leach You have to pee on him, or better yet use a cigarette butt, to burn his butt . These are characteristics of butt-heads

    • 4
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      ” lack of FDI and the magnified Debt Trap and crashing rupee” – How?

    • 12
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      My3 PALA shamelessly plays with his mandate given to him by lanken people in 2015. As if he is clean, albeit not just SL, but entire world gave him a verdict, that the bugger s acts were not in compliance with lanken constitution.
      He just utters one statement behind the other, but none of them would have any credibility. But he continues to do so, thinking the very same PUNNAKU eaters dominated nation would not sense it in this life.
      1) This bugger has the audacity to lashout his OWN govt not to have achieved the goals as set in election campaign, but himself appointed former bitter rival most abusive MURDEROUS ultra-Rajakshe from back door going against the prevailing constitution.
      This has no shame, yestreday he made it an issue to the grass eaters dominated country, that his relinquishment of FAKE PM was connected with his LOVE to the nation… there is no body that has not laughed at his, from their backsides.
      This became a fact by the issue of COURT VERDICT led by 10 judges for two separate hearings.
      2) There is a saying – in hindsight every one becomes clever. Likewise, Sirisena put all the loads of shit on law bound PM to have abused his power.
      If as being uttered by him these days, he is that wise, he could have appointed those alleged men by using his EXECUTIVE power, why let PM to continue ?
      Fact is as we got to know, this SIRISENA has not the least knowledge on the constitution, nor on 19th Amendment. That was the reason, he got caught by the mislead set by his own so called lawyers.
      3). Sirisena -is shameless to say that it started with the appointement of cabinet ministers, but President himself brought back his former goons for whom the nation rejected in the last election (SB, Dilan, Susil, Mahinda etc got rejected by people)

    • 2
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      Mathripala claims that why he dissolved Parliament because he had faith in asking the public what should be done and not the Present Parliament. If that was his genuine intention, he could have dissolved Parliament as it was under Ranil and gone for an election. Instead he appointed MR knowingly that MR as the head of the caretaker govt with his Minister cronies they would have done everything possible to win the election by hook or crook. This bugger MS thinks all others are fools and he is the only one intelligent.

  • 2
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    No doubt the President was emotional. His arguments were very clearly presented.
    IF the President has evidence to support what he said, then he has every reason to dismiss RW and dissolve the parliament. Some of that evidence is out in the public domain – bond scam is a good example. The country was moving in a direction that is not acceptable – as he said imprison members of security forces and release terrorists.

    President Sirisena’s willingness to contest against Mahinda Rajapaksha and allow democracy to be re-established is the appropriate context to examine his actions. I totally support President Sirisena – just the person Sri Lanka needed.

    He may not be able to articulate his views in English but he did so brilliantly in Sinhala. I hope the message gets through to public.

    It is possible – just being optimistic – that recent events (or violations of the constitution) would change the behaviour of politicians.

    Politicians should be held accountable for corrupt activities.

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  • 8
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    M&s used his cabinet meeting for a bana type talk that is not good .Ranil is told off..bad politics ..MS did bad in front of all …He spoke like that…it looks that Ranil too deserves for helping all corrupt .
    Both hide corruept ..
    Karma come back to both ..
    Both are humiliated ..
    Now …
    Ms writing a book…..
    About Ranil ..

  • 8
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    Deranged simpleton is what MS is! The most intellectually challenged individual to hold this position, he should definitely be impeached! Unfortunately MR and his gang of thieves and the spineless RW wont do it- and anyway with 2/3rd majority required, its never going to happen but this opens the possibility for worse things to be done either by this president or some other nut-job in the future if rouge behavior is not punished!
    Kudos to RW for sitting in silence, while this mutt with his ‘holier than thou’ attitude, literally bit the hand that fed him (the presidency) does he really think that the people are as stupid as he is? Please run for the next presidential elections and see how many votes you get!!

    As for RW, please consider this a totally undeserved gift!- You have failed miserably to keep your campaign promises – and if not for this fiasco (for which you owe a debt of gratitude to MS) you and your government would have been voted out in the next election for non-performance!

    Please get your shit together and fulfill your pledges you made to the people of this country.

    P.S. Take a look at your friend Mahathir in Malaysia – in a mere MONTH the police had confiscated most of the assets of the the former strongman and cases were filed in courts – its been over 3 years in our little banana republic….. and we are still waiting!

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      G.R.Perera,
      First, we have to put Ranil behind bars and confiscate his assets for what the country lost due to ‘Bond Scam’. People in the country have to bear the brunt of Bond Scam for the next 30 years.

  • 3
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    Whom do you propose to replace him? Kabir Hashim, Mujiber Rahman, Bathurdeen, Marrikkar, Hakim, Fowzy, Mustapha or any one of the other king making Hambayas?

    Please get by return mail. There is nothing we can do now.

    • 3
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      Oh oh ,This man ‘s ego is dented , is he from Polonnaruwa, Medamulane or Thumapne , Majority of the Srilankans are not Racists. He needs treatment along with MY3.
      He needs Gnanasaras blessings!

  • 11
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    President sirisena lamenting about all and sundry for over half an hour was not at all presidential. Of cause he was correct about the central bank issue but he was not entirely truthful in many other things. When he insinuated that the cc was a hindrance to good governance as he could not appoint his nominees. and arresting clergy and war veterans he did not mention that it was done as they have broken the law. when he said that majority Of the population are deprived of an election because of the sc order. Is he telling the truth?. If he got his advisors to explain the judgement he would have understood as it’s clearly stated the reason for the verdit. Then again do the majority of us want another election? Why? To send home a set of thrives and get in another set thieves? Does the President not hear the pulse of the people!

  • 9
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    MS is talking like a layman, not with the qualities expected from a President.

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    Harees… go listen to the tongue lashing by MY3 to Ranil and the UNP’ers to their faces. They had no option to sulk and listen.
    Harees, all what you got to do is question MY3 what he said was the authentic truth as there is something there.

  • 8
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    ‘Maithripala Has Lost His Moral Crown’

    One must have Moral character to loose it so no great lose because he never had it.

  • 2
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    Hey, hey, not so fast. I don’t see any reason for President to go now that the matter is settled.
    He can hold the Presidential election on time allowing people to elect the next President of their choice. I guess this time people will not listen to politicians but take independent decisions.

    • 3
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      Champa,
      ” I don’t see any reason for President to go now that the matter is settled”.
      The matter is not settled. The court decision was “the President’s actions are unconstituional and illegal”.
      What should you do for illegal actions? Illegal means unlawful.

  • 10
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    Sirisena must GO HOME , to Polonnaruwa never ever to comeback ,Rajapaksa to Beliatte and stay there for good as these to maniacs ruined the country by their egocentric attitude.

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      Muslim,
      Why not send Ranil to Welikada?

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        Eagle eye can’t you see that because of Ranil staying put as PM he with the DEMOCRATS of
        Srilanka was able to save Srilanka from a dictatorship. I thought the Eagles have sharp eyes
        sadly you don’t please sharpen you sight and see what the Gamarala did with Mahinda and the gang to our beloved country. What a mess our country came to, justice must and did prevail.Thanks to the learned Judges of the Supreme Court too.

  • 10
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    not just Maithiripala the entire Rajapkase clan should go to

  • 12
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    “HE SHOULD GO” – NO…….NO….NO. He must be brought to JUSTICE for VIOLATING the very Fundamental Law of the country – The CONSTITUTION. He (this President) PLUS all others who CONNIVED those violations. Nothing LESS, because it has to be recorded in history as a LESSON for the FUTURE.

    • 0
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      Douglas – agreed they should go to the gallows

  • 5
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    Good to see that political commentators are finally beginning to demand Sirisena’s resignation. In a well functioning democracy, there would have been tremendous pressure from the political opponents, media, civic leaders and the public demanding resignation for such a grave violation of the Constitution, irrational behavior, deception and blatant lying by the Head of State. It would have been untenable for him/her to continue in their position. However, in Sri Lanka it seems as though the masses are desensitized for such such misdeeds or even criminal behaviour by their politicians, and have developed a degree of tolerance for such behaviour.

  • 2
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    The Egyptian uprising that Lukman Harees chose, to drive home his point of view, is flawed.
    The Egyptian Armed Services do not have to account for the overseas ‘grants’. The Egyptian President owned the outfit.
    The Lankan Armed Services was moulded with the Egyptian model in mind. They chose to be loyal to their chosen GoSL.
    .
    The Brotherhood behind the uprising had a night job like setting fire to Coptic Churches and so on.

  • 1
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    OK, Sirisena screwed it up big time and we all know about it.

    How about Mohammed Harees and all other Mohammeds keep quiet and let Ranil et al manage the country?

    Your rejoicing is half lived folks.

    • 2
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      You are a racists , mind your words Rajapaksa and Sira lost because of people like you

  • 4
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    When a president takes charge of his duties, he promises to uphold the democracy and acts according to the constitution.And now, the action of dissolving parliament has been proved wrong by the SC and MS has been found guilty for having violated the constitution. Though the president has been given constitutional immunity against any illegal acts, he has violated the very essence of the constitution itself. He has no moral rights to stay in the office.

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      K. Kulesh

      President probably dissolved the house with a strong belief that there’s an arguable provision to dissolve the house but due to SC ruling was negative, dissolution didn’t come to effect.

      So call it only an attempted dissolution.

      Don’t look @ it with hatred & say he doesn’t have moral right to stay in the office.

      If you’re so committed to moral rights ask RW as well to leave office because people gave the mandate for him to work with the president together towards good governance & his failure to maintain the expected political intimacy is against the mandate.

  • 1
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    The only way to get rid of this real ulcer is to impeach him. This can be done by SLPP and UNP joining together. In politics it’s common to join your enemy to defeat a common enemy. SIRISENA is a real disgrace to the nation

  • 2
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    He has lost both his head and moral crown , should now step down and look for solace with people of medical profession who are experts in looking after heads

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    There is no one who deserves this crown in this country

  • 0
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    Democracy,rule of law,good governance,reconciliation,ethics,morals,norms,decencies, etc etc all these bull shits should be for the betterment of the motherland and not for making happy so called Yankees and traitors.

  • 1
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    I too agree with Minister Kumara Welgama in a note he has placed in the Island newspapers. Let the PM do his job, it is the people of the country who want him. Did not the Prez say he would not stay even one day or hour, just ask him to move out immediately as everyone says. Please note the people of SL want peace and not turmoil

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    He has lost complete credibility among Sri Lankans and foreign leaders. To protect the integrity of office he should resign and Sri Lanka should go for a snap Presidential election. He can contest but I am pretty sure he will even lose his deposit.

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    Maitri the CROOK never had any morals to lose it. You cant lose something you dont have. He was part of the Axis of EVIL

  • 1
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    My3 Shitsena lost his marbles

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    Shitsena you must go. You broke the constitution several times, betrayed the people who voted you in, returned to sleep with the garbage pack that was to be cleaned up by you, you have lost the complete trust of the people and the government too. The SC very clearly said that what you have done to the constitution is illegal and is a breach, have some decency shithead and piss off before the government impeaches you and if they fail we the public will come out and get you you SOB. We see you as an illiterate, double crosssing . squint eyed, brainless twit who does not understand what good governance means, a scumbag who for money can be bought over by the crooked regime that you have now merged with. We will never ever vote for a prick like you who is untrustworthy, spineless and slimy, a patholaya who will wallow in the mud with the pohottuwa pigs and slimeballs. You are a bloody disgrace to the nation and the world who are so mad with you that pissing on you is not good enough. I see your face in the toilet bowl each time I have a crap- that is where you are now fit to be. Get out of the presidency before we throw you out you deceiver of the people, you jackal, you moron, you arsehole.

  • 0
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    It is a timely call by many and Mr.Lukman Harreez’s is no exception. In Sri Lankan political context no one will resign from their lucrative position in their own unless a heavy pressure applied on them. It is jackpot prize for a layman like Maithripala Sirisena to become the president which no one imagined in their wildest dream. Whether he knows his job or not is a different question, but one thing is sure President Maithripla Sirisena will not resign from the position of President. It is not only Maithri but Mahinda Rajapakse also responsible for the October 26th debacle. Two-time president Mahinda Rajapakse was instrumental in the coup hence he can’t deny the fact and he should also resign from his parliamentary seat.

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    Maithripala is a danger to the functioning of the country. Their has been no President (which is the highest position of this country) found guilty of abuse of power by no other than the highest Judicial body of the country, the Supreme Court and still continues in his position in disgrace without a morsel of self respect & honor to resign. This happens when low quality street fellows fit to be 3-wheel drivers & coconut pluckers obtain such positions.

  • 0
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    Well said Lukmaan. It is high time MS has to go. No second word. He is not only fit to be a President
    but even to be a Pradeshiya Sabha member now. Better go back to his ancestral job and plough the fields at Polonnaruwa; which is a noble profession that suits him; which even he said during the crisis period at a meeting with UNF memberst that “he will go to Polonnaruwa and do the paddy cultivation if he is pressed to the wall. “

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