1 October, 2020

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Sirisena’s Triple Betrayal – Nation In Danger

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Three Betrayals

Gamaralalage Maitripala Sirisena, it seems, is a specialist in betrayal. He first betrayed his former leader and former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. He had a hopper feed with Mahinda the very morning of that act of deception and was, soon after, seen at Sirikotha announcing his “sacrifice… for the sake of the nation.” Over 6.2 million people didn’t mind that because the beneficial outcome could not have  been achieved without that

Next, he betrayed his principal coalition partner and its leader-the UNP and Ranil Wickremsinghe. During the local government elections, Sirisena went round after doing a U-turn and attacking the UNP and Prime Minister. He waved a metaphorical sword against what he pretended was corruption. “I want a government free of corruption,” Sirisena cried,” and “I will not hesitate to use my sword against anybody, including those in the UNP.”  After all the effort campaigning heavily throughout the island, Sirisena managed to get a measly 4% of the electoral vote-although, by his acts of vilification he reduced the UNP votes, too. Since that experience he is called “the 4% man.” 

The third betrayal is what is now going on in dastardly and shameless manner with the help of his former enemy, Mahinda Rajapakse. He has “sacked” the sitting Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremsinghe, and “appointed” Mahinda Rajapakse  to replace the former.

Serious Repercussions of the Third Betrayal

This betrayal has serious repercussions for the country and its people because it clearly constitutes the undermining of the constitution. A constitution in any country is the basic and fundamental law of the land. Citizens treat that with sanctity. This is why one needs a special and rigorous procedure to make changes to a constitution unlike in the case of ordinary legislation.

A constitution embodies the fundamental democratic right of citizens. It is the ultimate bulwark of freedom. The fair rules of the  broad political game  is set out in a constitution. It must never be touched unless it needs be and even then an ironclad procedure has to be followed-ofetn requiring a referendum.

One can imagine how serious it is  when the highest in the land takes it upon himself to violate the constitution. It is never done. However, Gamaralalage Sirisena has been brazen enough to do that. National confusion follows. International censure is passed. This is what is happening now. Not a single foreign country leader has conveyed the routine  congrats to Mahinda. I am informed the deposed Male leader has. Well, not even Swaziland. Normal civil order is seriously disrupted. Sri Lanka becomes a pariah nation in the face of foreign countries. This can have a negative impact on foreign aid. 

Furthermore, lesser men take the law unto their hands. We have already seen how the Rupavahini Corporation was attacked allegedly by some Minsters of the former regime. Rupavahini went off the air. Lake House was taken over. Public fears of further contravention spreads. The stable environment is rendered unstable. Foreign investors and travellers get cold feet. The economy cracks and the burden of living of ordinary persons is threatened, as uncertainty expands.

Unconstitutional

With regard to the legality of what has occurred, I quote an authority: “The 19th Amendment to the Constitution took away the discretionary powers of the President to remove a residing Prime Minister. (For those who’s justifying it saying the 19th Amendment  gives the President the right to appoint a PM as he wants, my god, learn to read.) This is found in article 46 (2). 

The Prime Minister can only be dismissed if:

1. Cabinet is dismissed (also the cabinet cannot be dismissed by the President FYI) 

2. She/He resigns 

3. She/He stops being a member of the parliament. 

(Again, 46 (2)) 

The President can appoint a PM under Section 42 (4), only if the above has happened.” That hasn’t happened in this instance. Hence the President cannot appoint a Prime Minister at all.

The above means that President’s sacking of the standing Prime Minister and his appointing a new individual are both prohibited under the constitution. President Sirisena has pathetically violated the constitution which he has upholded at swearing in to keep. Mahinda Rajapakse, too, by collaborating has violated the constitution. There is a strong case to impeach both individuals in one blow.

In doing so, the President and Mahinda cannot plead ignorance because there was precedence a year ago when Sirisena tried to sack Ranil Wickremasinghe and install someone else. At that time, Mahinda wasn’t willing because he felt he was strong enough to recover power on his own merits at a campaign. Those days, Mahinda Rajapakse was perceived as a lion who could walk with head held high in stately confidence.

Mahinda’s Self-confidence Shaken

By now, Mahinda’s self-confidence has shaken. Why? Because, with the setting up of the new Special Courts the fate of his family members and his ruffian cronies are imminently in the balance. Mahinda’s private secretary, Senerath, will be taken up in a few days over charges of embezzling 500 million. Mahinda’s former powerful brother, Gotabhaya, will be next taken up. Others are on line including Mahinda’s wife, Basil, Namal, Yoshitha, his several cronies like Prasanna and so on. Mahinda himself is saved because of the legalimmunity that the constitution gave the President. The charges are serious- embezzlement of public funds, money laundering, bribery, murder. The sceptres of Lasantha Wickrematunge, Ekneligoda, Raviraj and the many journalists who met with death at the hands of  hit squads. A sordid story was Mahinda Rajapakse’s ten year old regime.

President Sirisena had announced he wanted a government that is not corrupt. He has, indeed, got it!

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    Can Mr.Jayasinghe elucidate on the following matters?
    The National Government was formed on the basis of a MOU between the UPFA and UNP. When one of the parties withdraws from the coalition , what happens to the cabinet of ministers? If the cabinet cease to exist can the PM continue to hold the post? Does the 19th Amendment to the Constitution throw any light on these matters?

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      On 17th August 2015, at the Parliament election UNFGG (United National Front for Good Governance – UNP with SLMC, TPA, JHU, ACMC, and anti Rajapaksa members of the SLFP) won the election with 106 seats. UPFA secured only 95 seats. The President appointed Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe as Prime Minister. Thereafter UNFGG with the support of UPFA members (who were loyal to the President) formed a Unity government. UNFGG and UPFA did not contest together to form a Unity government. If the UPFA leaves the Unity government, the people has given power for the UNFGG to rule the country for 5 years. It’s only the UPFA that has left the UNFGG. The SLMC, TPA, JHU and ACMC are still with UNFGG. So the Unity Government is still in force without UPFA. So there is no necessity to dissolve the government or the cabinet, as the other parties are still in Unity.

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    Native Veddah alias, Kala Veddah alias Angoda Veddah,

    It seems you are having loose motion because of the shock news of appointing MR as the Prime Minister.

    Sampanthan whose ancestros have come from Andhra Pradesh to Sri Lanka to clean toilets are talking about Tamil Question to support MR. Tell us Sampanthan and bunch of TNA jokers hat are the Tamil Questions i Sri Lanka.

    The Jokers and Tamil Racists in this forum must understand that President can remove the Prime Minister and in this occassion, it happened as a result of withdrawal of support to UNP by SLFP in the formation of unity Government. So, unity government as seized to exist.

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      Maybe if you took time to read what is called ‘The Constitution’ (esp. Its 19th Amendment), you will realize what bullshit you are saying when you say the President can remove the PM. Instead of wasting time looking at others’ backgrounds, you it to get some real knowledge.

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      Nimal Tissa!

      If Sampanthan and co. did not clean your toilet you will be drowning in your own shit.
      You seem to be a( con)stitutional expert? Ha! Ha!

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    Nimal Tissa Wijethunga, you Lion Brand bloody goat! Not only Tamil racists but Sinhala racists like you are also responsible for for the emergence of the LTTE. Tamils are also human beings. Those living in this country are citizens of this country . Rather than investigating for Sambandan`s
    ancestry why dont you take the trouble to look for your own? You can say that you are a Sinhalese because you mother tongue is Sinhala.

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    Diogenes,

    The tamil racists in this forum are not Tamil masses as they never ever racists and they have been deceived since 1933 to 2009 and the matter is settled on banks of Nanthikadal.

    I have questioned about Tamil Question and so called special problems for them in Sri Lanka. What were the problems Tamil masses got in 1933 to form a Tamil racists party Tamil Arasu Katchchi by 1st terrorist S.J.V. Chelvanayagam as It was formed because of metal problems of Tamil Vellalas and never by Tamil masses.

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      Pssst, Nimal T W. Instead of addressing the crisis at hand, whuch has nothingvto do with ethnicities or Sri lankan citizens’ backgrounds, you soew hate. Your racism is showing. So that means you must also be a mental case.

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    ” Over 6.2 million people didn’t mind that because the beneficial outcome could not have been achieved without that”

    There you go, the 6.2 million unprincipled hoodlums got what they deserved

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    Academic,

    On what basis that you say I am a racist? If the contents of my comment is wrong, you reply accordingly. Please note that during my career, I have worked in Eastern Province for a period of six years and I know what is going on in the minds of Tamil masses and Vellalas.
    The tamil masses were clearly deceived by Vellalas until 2009 by pushing them in the path of destruction for non-existing problems with demands that were never ever able to achieve.

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    There are no crisis here as coalition partners failed to go together and the powerful partner prevailed. It is very simple to understand and the Constitution ensures the rights of the powerful partner being the Executive President.

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