29 September, 2020

Blog

The Supreme Court Ruling: Gift Horse Or Trojan Horse?

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

Whether the Supreme Court’s refusal to allow the seven fundamental rights applications to proceed to a full hearing will turn out to be a gift horse or a trojan horse for the government, has nothing to do with the ruling itself. It has everything to do with what the government chooses to do, or not do, in the unfolding aftermath of the ruling. For now, the government appears to be taking the ruling in its stride. The President is busy launching one Task Force after another, including the latest one to oversee archaeological digs in the Eastern Province. A strange priority, when the necessities of a global pandemic and the Great Economic Lockdown (as the IMF calls it) do not give even spare time for recalling parliament. Only the Prime Minister, who incidentally seems to be getting re-purposed to be a pre-19A PM in spite of being a former pre-19A President, has let out a cheer for democracy – calling the court’s refusal a victory for democracy. 

For what it is worth, the ruling is being received as a gift horse by a different former Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and he is receiving newspaper headlines for it as well. For one who is not normally known to have ever held a significant brief for any notable client, Mr. Wickremesinghe is now all-knowing in matters of constitutional law. In a headline story in The Island (Thursday, June 4), Mr. Wickremesinghe said that he knew the Supreme Court would dismiss the FR petitions because “he had studied the legal background and precedents relevant to the matter.” So, he “decided against taking legal action,” apparently in concert with the TNA and the JVP. The point of it all was for the UNP leftovers to have a cheap public laugh at the half-breakaway Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), who petitioned the court and lost. To its credit, the SJB had Suren Fernando, the son of Mark Fernando and the grandson of HNG Fernando, former Supreme Court Justice and Chief Justice, respectively, appear for it and make a lot more than a plausible case on its behalf. 

It is pointless picking on Mr. Wickremesinghe except to make the point that in the whole news story in The Island, there was no mention of what Mr. Wickremesinghe thinks or has to say on the constitutional quandary whether the state in Sri Lanka can go on for any indefinitely long period, without the legislature, between dissolution of parliament and general election. The most loyal opposition leader that he is, Mr. Wickremesinghe does not want to say anything critical of the government, or to suggest that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa could have spared the country the unnecessary constitutional bother by recalling the dissolved parliament for a limited time and an urgent purpose.  

Politically, the government’s supporters might be jubilant after the court ruling. For them, the ruling is a gift horse in the short run. Where it might turn out to be a trojan horse is in the medium to long term, if the government’s task force approach does not produce the results that people will be looking for – staying safe from Covid-19 without curfews, not losing their jobs, getting back to work to feed their families, sending children back to schools, and able to travel without carrying Covid-passports. The court ruling is already encouraging the President to play to his strength – enforcing discipline and efficiency in economically non-productive routine government operations. His main modus operandi is creating task forces. I have not been keeping count, but aren’t there at least six Task Forces already? When you have too many of them, they become pointless, like trying to accomplish  a hundred priorities at the same time. 

The President is also openly catering to his supporters – appointing soldiers and Viyathmaga professionals to task forces, by passing cabinet and the civil administration. This will only intensify power struggles in the structures of the state, among functionaries below the united summit of the Rajapaksa brothers. The unity between the brothers at the top is unbreakable. But the transparent disunity among their supporters below them is equally unbridgeable. None of this going to help the economy. And the biggest concern for the government should be that it does not have a credible lead figure on the economic front when the country and the world are facing the worst economic crisis in a hundred years.           

Put another way, a court ruling last week against the government would have been more useful to the government in the short run – to use it as a spur to mobilize its supporters and as a weapon against those who dared the government in courts. The liberal Sinhalese, the incorrigible NGOs, and the Tamil and Muslim irritants could all have tarred and feathered with the patriotic brush. Even the judges may not have been spared. They know only too well how their predecessors who held against governments were treated in the past: their houses were stoned; a Chief Justice was put through a committee hearing for impeachment; a District Judge who was also Secretary to the Judicial Service Commission was attacked in the vicinity of his son’s school; and his boss the then Chief Justice was actually impeached and fired from the job. The judges are spared now. God bless them.

The implications

Objectively, the court ruling might be seen as an admission of the judiciary’s legal or constitutional incompetence, if not subjective reluctance, to adjudicate between the president and the parliament, or to determine whether or not the state can function without the legislature for any indefinite period of time between dissolution and the election of a new parliament. It is not that there is some constitutional barrier to avoiding this anomaly. The President can simply recall parliament. But nobody can tell the President to do that, and that was one of the arguments against the fundamental rights petitions. Interestingly, there was no suggestion that even the President is not empowered to recall parliament if he chooses to, as he always could, and he should in the current circumstances. 

The irony that is hugely lost in this whole business is that while the constitution stipulates the requirement of a referendum for the legislature to extend its elected term, there is nothing to stop the country from being without a legislature for any length of time after the dissolution of parliament if elections cannot be held for whatever reason within the stipulated three-month period. There is also a different standard for presidential succession through elections. The incumbent president will stay in office until the newly elected president assumes office regardless of time delays. Only if the newly elected president is unable to assume office, the Prime Minister, or, if the PM is unable, the Speaker will step in as President temporarily, and will be replaced by a Member of Parliament, most likely the Prime Minister, elected by parliament as the new president for a full term. The presidential-prime-ministerial alternations are inherently there in JRJ’s prototype regardless of 19A.         

It gets interesting, especially in light of our current experience, if an incumbent president is unable to complete his term and a vacancy occurs prematurely. The PM or the Speaker will immediately succeed until parliament elects by vote, within a month of the vacancy occurring, one of its members to be president for the unexpired portion of the vacated term. No problem, there. But what happens if parliament is dissolved when a presidential vacancy occurs? Either the caretaker Prime Minister, or if the PM is unable, the Speaker of the dissolved parliament will step in and continue the dance, until the new parliament meets after the election, and elects one of its MPs as president. 

Lo and behold, what happens if there is a pandemic, tsunami, or whatever, and parliamentary elections cannot be held, indefinitely or for a prolonged period of time?  You get the drift. There is no point elaborating the answer and to keep going like the hole in the bucket rhyme. There will be a hole in the end unless Ranil Wickremesinghe chooses to explain to the country the constitutional precedents he claims to know, that might address all the unprecedented oddities of the JRJ constitution.           

That said, there is a pre-JRJ precedent in Sri Lanka for the continuation of the legislature if elections cannot be held for a long period of time. That was the continuation of the second State Council that was elected in 1936 and continued without elections (there were individual byelections) for eleven years until the first parliamentary election in 1947. The long interval was because of the war, but the system worked even though Sri Lanka was still under colonial rule. I am not sure if the Donoughmore Constitution of that time even provided for such eventualities. But constitutions work and evolve more by good practices and the conventions they create, than by their textual stipulations and interpretations. If those who are elected as presidents and parliamentarians to lead by example and abide by the constitution, choose not to abide by it or even flout it, there is little that any constitution can do to stop it. 

And it would be futile to expect the courts to step in to save the constitution and protect one branch of the state from another. That is not to say that the courts should meekly or expediently fold under one arm of the state against another. Rather to say that political actors should strive to have political issues resolved democratically through the involvement of the people, and not to have them finessed by the courts. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the opposition forces are uncoordinated; and, more than being leaderless, the opposition is rudderless. It is the pathetic failures of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government and the manifest incapability of the current opposition that has contributed to the devaluation of parliament in the minds of many people. 

Opinion pieces frequently appear in the media that say nothing positive about parliament as an institution. There are quite a few who see no need for the parliament at all. Instead, they project expectations on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and even suggest that he should assume all the powers that he deems necessary to salvage this country from the messes that it has gotten into. The public has also grown amnesiac about the political project for abolishing the executive presidency that has been around from the time JRJ created the presidential system. For the last fifteen years and over three presidential and parliamentary elections, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe have been consistently promising to abolish the executive presidency. They are still around, but the abolishment project has disappeared from the political radar. It is the parliament that is in peril now, and none of the three worthies have anything worthwhile to offer to keep the old institution the way it was when they first entered politics. 

It is not that the Rajapaksas want parliament abolished. It is only that they want a parliament where they have the majority, not just a simple majority but a two-thirds majority. In their misunderstanding of constitutional politics, a state cannot be stable without the executive presidency and without a parliament where the executive commands two-thirds majority. That is the kind of rubbish thinking which 42 years of executive presidential system has produced in Sri Lanka. It is futile to expect the courts to reverse such thinking and the process it entails even with the boldest of rulings. And more so when the courts themselves have grown into being a part of that very system.  

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 4
    0

    “President caters to his supporters in appointing Viyathmaga or military personnel”, a point raised to show that his cohorts are appointed to carry his will. Looks that way and that would have been the same had his opponent Sajith got elected too. Clearly this business of calling for CV’s was an eye wash. In this regard lets give the Prez a few more months to see whether goods are delivered. The team appointed to deal with Corona basically did an outstanding job although could have taken a different approach at a latter stage. The author has dealt with almost all the organs of the state in his article excepting the role of the Elections Commission, a disunited triumvirate which need not answer even the Parliament. Author ends up by saying “Courts themselves have grown into being a part of that very system”. How true. The independent and professional performance of duty by a functionary of the state can only be assured not only be legal/constitutional guarantees but with the adequate compensation for performance of duty which includes the monthly pension on retirement. In the absence, Chief Justices after retirement will become Governors of Provinces or Directors of Banks.

    • 5
      3

      Supreme court decision is neither gift horse nor Trojan horse, but a champion horse galloping towards winning post, which has put both government and opposition in their proper places. It has given full authority to elections commission to decide on the appropriate date and conduct elections according to the regulations, thus maintaining their independent status. By this decision it dismissed opposition plans to manipulate democracy and government plan to hold elections as and when they wish. This is why Prof Hoole the man of the match in this episode correctly welcomed the decision. Now the elections commission will ask health authorities to give clearance, which they are unable to do so at present, and when they receive it, will fix the date of elections at least 35 days from the date of clearance. By this way, this decision shattered the dreams of government to have early election before the impending financial doom, and during the pandemic, when voters fear to come out, to rig the elections. Elections commission has taken the first step to cancel printing of ballot papers till further notice, which is an egg on the face of workers in government printing press, who said they will not allow members of elections commission to supervise printing of ballot papers, specifically to attack Prof Hoole with lame excuse of not keeping with quarantine procedure.

  • 4
    1

    “And more so when the courts themselves have grown into being a part of that very system.”
    Netherland and Portugal still have their royalties. British monarchy is still intact. British parliament receives its authority (Sovereignty) from the monarch. The citizens or the commons only select the representatives. Ivor Jennings modeled 1948 Soulbury constitution from British system. For a word, Ceylon parliament was receiving the authority from Queen, though the Governor General. In 1815 by signing the Kandy accord, Sinhalese expressed the option to British King instead of Tamil King. SWRD & Sirimavo’s relatives were included in the signatories. 1972 Ceylon became Lankawe. This was a “U” from their relatives’ decision in 1815. Fearing the Privy Council’s over ruling, SLFP Founder, SWRD and eventually his wife Sirimavo wanted to sever the British Monarch’s connection. 500 years ago Sinhala leaders handed over Kotte Kingdom to Portuguese, voluntarily. 400 years ago Sinhalese fought for Portuguese to capture and hand over Jaffna Kingdom. 200 Years ago Sinhalese fought for British rulers to capture and hand over the Kandy king. But 2013 in an interview for Hindu, the current King, that time a SLFP stalwart, told Sinhalese don’t like democracy, they are used to live under Kings. The interviewer did not ask him which was the last generation of Sinhalese was ruled by Sinhala king. None within 400 years. If Sinhalese preferred kings why Sinhalese fought against all three National kings?

  • 7
    2

    If they didn’t like native kings then why did they severed from British Queen in 1972?
    As the author pointed out, Sinhalese has been voting to remove the presidential system from 1994, when CBK became the president. But after 2010 election, Old Royal brought 18A to make sure family ruling to continue. That is why the current King replied to Hindu that Sinhalese prefer king’s ruling. Then they got away from British monarch because fearing the ruling of Privy Council. While King was answering to Hindu, Old Royals were given a mandate to remove even the presidential ruling in Lankawe. In the current parliament’s election, 99.9% of the voters requested a change in the constitution. This Parliament came to power in September 2015 promising to remove presidency. Today only President is ruling without the parliament.
    The Court is responsible to interpret the constitution. There is every indication in the constitution that Parliament cannot be out more than 3 months. As they too private citizens, before they listen to the full case, they know there was a crisis. Court went through the preliminary hearing. Petitioners’ lawyers explained the crisis. Still Court refused hear. What is happening in Lankawe is when the citizens ask for medicine to diarrhea, the Sinhala Intellectual politicians are delivering only stomach pain medicine. The mass were changing ruling political party in every election from 1948. But they have learned how to keep the Modaya Mass in control.

    • 7
      9

      Malli Uran,
      /
      Your condition (unstoppabla itching of the rear end) nay be caused by hook worms.
      /
      There is an old remedy called Antipar. That might work.
      /
      Give it to any ganja smoking siblings also.

      • 7
        0

        Anti-par is for only itching from.hook worm parasites. But what treatment for the robing, raping, roasting and other crimes launched by Sinhala Intellectual parasites in the Wild Life Sanctuary, SinhaLE Lankawe?

  • 19
    1

    Task Forces should be used judiciously and sparingly if they’re to be effective and meaningful. Too arrogant to recall the parliament and too greedy for power, GOTA is now finding himself in a fix. He is realizing that governing a country is much tougher and cumbersome, and more unpleasant, than butchering a weak section of your own population with ultra-powerful multi-barrel rocket launchers. He desperately needs new skills but the learning is too slow. ‘Flattening the curve’ is good for combating Corona but not for learning the art of statecraft. Even worse, now his enemies are lurking in his own scheming family circles, and among the hardcore racist monks who did the dirty jobs for him to win the presidency and now demanding their pound of flesh. His brother has also put in place a shadowy task force to countercheck GOTA’S power maneuvers. So in a panic, GOTA is gazetting task forces around the clock. He has his own un-gazetted shadowy task force as well to do surveillance on the official ones. But too many task forces is bound to be counterproductive, leading to infighting among the forces, and ultimately to total anarchy in the country. Tyrants have always been super paranoid – no better examples than Hitler, Stalin and Prabhakaran. Now a Buddhist cloak-and-dagger version is set to unfold in Sri Lanka.

    • 3
      15

      Ajay,
      After getting defeated you guys say “a weak section of your own population”. BS! It is that weak section of the population who launched the deadly terrorist campaign against their own people to grab a piece of land to create a separate State for the descendants of Dravida slaves.
      LTTE was identified as the ‘Deadliest Terrorist Organization’ in the world. Your ‘Sun God’ was bragging that LTTE cannot be defeated militarily. Ranil too believed that and handed over one third of the country on a platter to megalomaniac Tamil butcher who was slaughtering Sinhalayo. But under the leadership of Mahinda Rajapakshe and Gotabhaya Rajapakshe those undefeatable junk kees were wiped out. Right now, governing the country is a ‘joint operation’ by the same two heroes (Mahinda and Gotabhaya) who wiped out those undefeatable Tamil terrorist barbarians. Do not forget that these two governed the country while dealing with Tamil terrorists.
      ===
      “He is realizing that governing a country is much tougher and cumbersome, and more unpleasant, than butchering a weak section of your own population with ultra-powerful multi-barrel rocket launchers.”

  • 2
    17

    Let’s wait and see……….

  • 13
    4

    Sirisena has a nice little insurance policy against Rajapaksas. After the 2015 incident Rajapaksas want to send him to where they sent Lasantha. But Sirisena knows the ins and outs of the Easter Sunday attack and Gotabaya’s involvement in it. Sirisena has told this to many of his inner circle with evidence. If Rajapaksas mess with Sirisena, those secrets come out. Not that it matters very much in SL. But this can frame the clan for terrorism charges internationally.

    They played the same book during May 15-17 in 2009.

  • 4
    18

    The answer to all these questions is the THE PRESIDENCY elected by DIRECT VOTE.

  • 33
    26

    Phillips, stop engaging in horseplay.
    /
    While the government may be wondering whether its a gift horse or a Trojan horse, you seem to be struggling on your hobby horse display!
    /
    You are saying, “The President is busy launching one Task Force after another, including the latest one to oversee archaeological digs in the Eastern Province. A strange priority, when the necessities of a global pandemic and the Great Economic Lockdown (as the IMF calls it) do not give even spare time for recalling parliament.”
    /
    You are talking nonsense. To start with your premise, there is npo Great Economic Lockdown. Even before the lockdown ended, jobs are growing in the US. So the devil is not as black as you imagine.
    /
    Then your blaming the government for carrying out normal administration is even more stupid. You are the same people who wanted the old parliament reconvened to improve efficiency of administration. Now you are blaming its ‘priorities’.
    /
    Looks like you are trying to ride your horse on one buttock while the other is up in the air!

    • 15
      3

      Helios the helium balloon,
      28 likes so far wow.
      not even 30 minutes have gone by after the posting to be publicised.?
      for a dude who gets more dislikes than likes whom have you recruited.?
      kussi mama sera her immediate family friends etc and all those in the neighbourhood.?
      you will become a useful ally to the now Kota Uda rajapuka’s who are desperately seeking for suckers to cast hora boru votes to win the election.
      do it, man, woman or pufta do it.

      • 14
        2

        SATAKA CLONE NAMAL’S TROLL FACTORY is now back in action.

      • 3
        14

        rj1952,
        Why are you so mad with ‘RAJAPUKE’. Did he abuse your poo kaa?

    • 11
      1

      Helios
      1) Phillips, stop engaging in horseplay.
      *** It is you who is playing Boisterous Racist Rhetoric

      2) While the government may be wondering whether its a gift horse or a Trojan horse, you seem to be struggling on your hobby horse display.
      *** You know it is a lie because MR has said it is a Victory for Democracy. Fancy words when it suits him.

      3) You are saying, “The President is busy launching one Task Force after another, including the latest one to oversee archaeological digs in the Eastern Province. A strange priority, when the necessities of a global pandemic and the Great Economic Lockdown (as the IMF calls it) do not give even spare time for recalling parliament.”

      You are talking nonsense. To start with your premise, there is npo Great Economic Lockdown. Even before the lockdown ended, jobs are growing in the US. So the devil is not as black as you imagine.
      *** You really are an Idiot . Tell that to the Poor who are scavenging for food.

      4) Then your blaming the government for carrying out normal administration is even more stupid. You are the same people who wanted the old parliament reconvened to improve efficiency of administration. Now you are blaming its ‘priorities’.
      *** What normal administration. These are abnormal times except for you and you are talking rubbish

  • 2
    10

    Donkeys Braying. but these donkeys are speculating.

  • 14
    3

    As pointed in the article it is the verdict given in minute without reasons at the point of GUN. Five judges have their families and could not take the risk . The President has a very bad record of HR violations. The five juf=dges re aware of it He manipulated to come out of US citizenship to contest. even the verdict given in his case to get back Sri Lankan citizenship was very well manipulated with documents missing, Ranil as PM did help him. That proves Ranil and Gita had a pact. Sirisena and Ranil’s conflict helped ISIS terrorists in the Easter Sunday attack. Both of them are responsible for it. Hence Ranil though Gotabaya is more reliable that Sirisiena. So he brought a split in UNP and used the caste system to split UNP. This is similar to the battle between JR and Premadad. But Prean was a people’s man and experienced politician. Sajith is not a mature cunning politician although educated in LSE and worked in politics in the US . Unlike Gota, he was never holding dual citizenship and ran away from the island . Other Politics foreign education which he gave up due to father’s death he is musician and piano player, He never believed in the gun abut relied on one for his knowledge. I wish Sri Lankans with a high percentage of literacy could think and vote and tag Giota a lesson and save democracy

  • 5
    16

    It is not because the President and Prime Minister have a misunderstanding of constitutional politics that they prefer two-thirds majority in the Parliament. As you are aware, there are certain things that can be done with simple majority but for certain things a two-third majority is required. In such situations if two-third majority is not there, have to depend on other parties. That is where sometimes the problem arises.
    At this juncture, country needs a stable Government to give confidence to investors, domestic as well as foreign. So, if voters use their brain and give two-third majority, the country will be better off although that may not be to the liking of politicians from minority communities.
    ===
    “In their misunderstanding of constitutional politics, a state cannot be stable without the executive presidency and without a parliament where the executive commands two-thirds majority.”

  • 10
    2

    as I stated before the 5 members judicial bench should be given a free of charge trek to bang your cock being the closest place to undergo a sex change get the necessary hormone treatment get rid of their worthless ding lings of 5 Lingus pork sausages and become full need bullish women dykes who will be able to provide 24 hour nonstop entertainment to
    as I clearly predicted along with the foregone conclusion is that the 5 member so-called men judge bench will either under duress or by their own biased warped choice will give a unanimous decision in favour of the rajapuka”s.
    =
    as a reward for their unbridled biased blind loyal decision, they have to be given return air class gandhi class, I meant economy class tickets to bang a cock which being the closest cheapest point to obtain a male to female transformation with the much-needed
    hormone treatment and to preserve they’re chopped off 5 pieces of valuable ding a ling Lingus which will be preserved at the rajapuka’s parents memorial site constructed at the expense of the humble tax-payers of this sad sorry shitty bankrupt Kota Uda hellhole.

    • 6
      1

      the revival of the floundering economy along with the upsurge in those afflicted with the gift given magnanimously to the world by China the people living in this sad sorry country not having any jobs to go to no money to buy food requisites and meet their essentials.
      =
      I have predicted that a 2/3rd majority is now a nigh impossibility given the above-mentioned facts but a narrow margin victory for the SLPP is still a possibility due to electoral malpractices being adhered to in utter desperation by the present rulers to tamper with the 19th amendment which is being an obstacle to them.
      =
      I am praying that divine providence will unite the UNP and along with all the other opposition parties will defeat the said criminal hora boru racist SLPP at the finishing line.?
      =
      lets hope for the best, it can and should be done.?

  • 10
    4

    “For the last fifteen years and over three presidential and parliamentary elections, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe have been consistently promising to abolish the executive presidency.”
    The author has conveniently forgotten the sweet lady Chandrika B. Kumaratunga who initiated the pledge in 1994 and solemnly repeated it in 1999.

    • 5
      1

      SJ

      *** What is the point abolishing something which is currently being practised by a Dictator. Even if the Power is reduced who will control King Gotha. He has ARMY , NAVY, AIR FORCE, CID and the Majority Racist on his side. Can you ell me what you are going to achieve in Gotas Lanka . Stop Wasting time. and grow up

  • 9
    4

    Correction to the caption:

    SC = Sinhala Court not “Supreme Court|”

    Sri Lanka runs on a kangaroo legal system you don’t have the normal systems of civilized society.

    • 4
      1

      Good one. SC did not represent all ethnic communities in Sri Lank and is fully biased and scared

      • 2
        3

        Kuviyam,
        I agree! They should have included Uru Warige Wannila Eththo because this is the Land of Native Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo.

    • 3
      8

      Then fvck off. We don’t need any anti-Sinhala clowns in our courts under any circumstances.

      • 2
        0

        I don’t think that any law abiding person respects clowns that represent the kangaroo legal system.
        Their unfortunate situation might force them to live under one but they don’t have to respect it.

  • 6
    0

    “It is not that the Rajapaksas want parliament abolished. It is only that they want a parliament where they have the majority, not just a simple majority but a two-thirds majority.”

    Absolutely right. Before President Gotabaya gave up his US citizenship he was assured 100% by SLPP (Mahinda Rajapaksa) that he will get President Post. In other words, he gave up US citizenship after he got presidential appointment. Now 19th amendment is the barrier for him to create Srilanka as a Buddhist Sinhala only Country. So unless he makes sure that he can make sure that there is two third majority in parliament. Until that time he will continue with military appointed task forces. The major objective of the task force is to make sure that two third majority for SLPP only, not depending on any other party including Ceylon workers Congress.
    People in the country already forgot about Gotabaya’s promises such as free fertiliser, 1000 rupees for estate workers, tax cuts and so many. These promises cannot be delivered and anyone going for strikes will be dealt with military. If Parliament election do not happen, there will be no provincial elections as well. Almost 150 SLPP parliament ministers will be loosing their jobs and bonus and bribes. Even the King Mahinda have to beg for his military leader for help.

  • 5
    0

    Mr. R. Phillips

    ” The unity between the brothers at the top is unbreakable. “

    Don’t be too sure.

    Do you seriously think that MR is happy with the way the Military men have been appointed to top positions?

    How realistic is it to expect MR to continue with these men AFTER the Elections with or without a 2/3rd majority? Wouldn’t continuing with these Military men make it Impossible for MR to find top positions for his very Loyal Cronies?

    MR as PM has more Powers than GR as Prez under the Constitution. Would MR Tolerate any one Usurping his Powers?

    MR also wants his son Namal to take over from him. He will want to prepare his son for the role of Successor by exposing him to vital positions as he thinks fit. Would MR tolerate any one, even his brother GR, to stand in his way to promote his son.

    If there is a 2/3rd majority at the Election, there will be the further problems on amending the Constitution. No way MR will give up his Powers. No chance in Hell of scrapping the 19A. Only those Amendments which leaves MR’s Powers and Plans intact will see the light of the day.

    In short, the Unity among the brothers will be minus GR as ALL other brothers will be with MR. Think about it.

  • 1
    0

    Country has long passed strength forward ruling. If one assume Chandrika is an ordinary person(Not an left extremist, racist, average intelligence) then her War for Peace is indicating that she was honestly concluding that country was at no return position so she too had to follow the art of Sinhala Intellectual ruling & Aappa Diplomacy. At this time country is long past any condition to be ruled. Old Royals staged a coup in 2018 as their life was ending without ruling power, in their perception. Old’s wife was named in murder and she was exerting enough brutality on the family to save her. There is enough sibling rivalry in the family to keep it resembling a gang of criminal cartel. One time, Son Prince drew his gun on younger Uncle Prince.

  • 1
    0

    It is in that condition King sought this EP seat, to save him & his family. Chinese wants to husk it while it is hot; their pressure on the Aanduwa is at all-time high. At this worst economic meltdown time, Old King had successfully initiated Homagama Stadium for China. Those who were in mayor Bloomsburg time in New York do know for years he tried a private stadium in Corona, but no viable private projects and he lost his bid for Olympic Games. But within three months of coming to power, while fighting the Covid-19, China had successfully got Old King to launch the project. King stopped it. Lankawe computers were hacked by Chinese Tamilar Padai. Then, how this country is going to go forward? If so, what direction? Wants to become A Chinese Province or as described by somebody elase “An stationery Aircraft Carrier”?

  • 1
    1

    Rajan, conclusions are 1) There is nothing called independent body anymore in Lanka, except for may be an individual Prof. Hoole who,s powers are very limited. 2) Come what may Rajapaksas will have their own way which they proved beyond doubt , in the past (except for their astrological mistake) 3) The purpose of task force is to keep the SB votes together,coordinating election win and it will be the foundation on which future family rule/ dynasty will be established, so that any unforeseen issues will not topple their dreams,. 4) Economy being in disaster and there is nothing much to sell (LTTE ,Easter) I strongly believe there is very high possibilities of anti minority (this time both Tamils and Muslims ) programs put into play, between now and the elections. The first salvo was fired by Ganasara yesterday. 5) RW,s only purpose is to keep his perks 6) Sajith will be kept busy covering his own back, from RW, than winning elections. 7) Minorities are already in shatter, so that Rajapaksas need not loose sleep as in past. 8) All in all with or without constitution, SC,EC and the God,s voice (voters) Rajapaksas are here to stay. 9) 2/3 will be a reality if not through election , post election developments will fulfill that dream. 10) The only factor which can outdo all of the above is sibling rivalry. Lets wait for the outcome.

  • 2
    4

    Reading some of the comments I must reiterate an earlier remark I made. Many commentators seem to be writing on an article that has gone well over their heads. They display witlessness, lack of schooling, and childish bad temper. That was why I suggested CT introduce an IQ test for all would-be commentators. Then hopefully we can avoid having to trawl through stupidity before arriving at those worth reading.

    • 2
      1

      S
      Have yourself tested before thoughtlessly insulting others.

    • 1
      0

      Then Singala Intellectuals would step in & hire Iqbal to standardize the IQ test to bar Tamils from writing in CT. Instead of that why don’t you tell CT editors directly whom you would prefer to write in CT?

  • 4
    1

    Rajan Phillips

    The Supreme Court Ruling: Gift Horse Or Trojan Horse.

    *** It is neither . The Horse has BOLTED ( Gotha ) as the reign was let loose by SC and is galloing lose hittng everyone in its wake.and injuring. Until the horse is either caught by the Internationaol World or comes to a halt through fatigue it will cause enormous damage.

  • 5
    6

    Dear Chief Moderator

    CT is a public forum which has revolutionised public input giving everyone a chance to air their views. But sadly CT is littered with comments which amount to Chit Chat with no relevance to the topic and a lot of Racist rhetoric. I kindly ask you to limit the number of parts to 2 and the times you can comment to allow a right to reply . Otherwise CT will turn out to be a dumping ground.

    • 0
      1

      Kali, Are you man or woman? (I am not a sexist).

  • 1
    0

    Horses were gifted by appointing them to the stables, a few of them, who failed to prove Sirisena was wrong in October 2018 coup.

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 7 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.