20 January, 2019

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Slap In Sirisena’s Face: Sajith Will Present Confidence Motion On Ranil Tomorrow: UPFA Will Boycott Sessions

UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa will present the confidence motion in support of ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament tomorrow.

Premadasa’s decision to present the motion is a strong indication that the UNP is squarely behind Wickremesinghe. Sirisena, on several occasions, attempted to appoint Premadasa as the Prime Minister through the back door, replacing Wickremesinghe.

Even last week, Sirisena made a desperate attempt to drive a wedge between Wickremesinghe and Premadasa by planting a fabricated story in the Mawbima and Ceylon Today newspaper, owned by controversial Parliamentarian Tiran Alles, saying the UNP leader had promised the Finance Ministry and the UNP Deputy Leader post to Ravi Karunanayake.

The UNP expects that 117 MPs – 103 from the UNP and 14 from the TNA – will vote in favour of the confidence motion on Wickremesinghe. The motion will position Wickremesinghe as the Member of Parliament commanding the support of a majority of Parliamentarians in the House.

The JVP parliamentary group, led by Anura Kumara Dissanayake, is expected to abstain from voting.

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has already decided to boycott parliamentary sessions tomorrow. However, four of the six recognized political parties in Parliament, namely the UNP, the TNA, the JVP and the SLMC, will attend parliamentary sessions and support the Speaker to conduct the proceedings.

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    We will soon have a season of comments in favour of MR-team plus anti-RW
    followed by comments by pro RW-team plus anti MR team.

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    On the previous page of comments, there is this panegyric on Sajith bt soneine calling herself, Saro.
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    It is almost probable that Sajith will soon lead the country, and I like the idea. But I’m a bit troubled by a few puzzling aspects of the man. No response to my queries; may I therefore direct the attention of readers to these curiosities.
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    This is his Wikipedia entry:
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sajith_Premadasa
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    Could you please explain why it says that ”there are no records of him obtaining any tertiary qualifications”, while granting that he entered LSE? I’ve seen specific allegations that he flunked. O.K. by me if that is acknowledged. Are you saying he completed a Master’s in Maryland? Both McCaine and Kerry unsuccessfully contested for POTUS, from different parties, but Kerry especially is better remembered for quite different things.”
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    Another even greater curiosity:
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    “Could you also explain why his personal website has lots of Latin?
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    http://sajithpremadasa.org/about/faq/
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    I don’t know the language, but I put a bit of it in Google Translator; the results didn’t make sense.”
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    Choosing a leader is both difficult and important.

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