19 November, 2018

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UNP Holds Massive Rally In The Vicinity Of Temple Trees: Sirisena Under Enormous Pressure To Convene Parliament

In a massive public rally held in the vicinity of Temple Trees, the official residence of the Prime Minister, a host of UNP MPs and a sea of party supporters demanded President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene Parliament and accept the legitimacy of Ranil Wickremesinghe‘s premiership.

The participants of the rally threatened to surround Sirisena’s residence and Parliament to ensure that the legislature convened without delay.

Speaking at the rally, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe reiterated that he was still the legal and constitutional Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and his sacking on Friday was illegal.

“President has usurped the powers of the legislature. This should not be allowed,” Wickremesinghe said, adding that his party had enough support in Parliament to form a government.

“What is happening in Sri Lanka and undemocratic and unconstitutional,” Wickremesinghe stressed. “The massive crowds have gathered here demanding democracy and to protect the constitution.”

“We have many leaders here, with diverse opinions, who have come forward with a single hope of upholding democracy and protecting the constitution.”

“We fought for our Presidential Candidate Sirisena. We sacrificed our lives for him. We shed blood and tears. Despite many obstacles, we made him the President of the country. Today he has betrayed our trust and the mandate in a despicable manner.”

“The people of our country want us to protect democracy. They initially thought we would run for cover after the despicable move on Friday. We will never do that. We will fight for democracy. Today, we have made Temple Trees the symbol of democracy in Sri Lanka,” he said, adding that his party will never run away from this battle.

Many UNP Speakers, including Patali Champika Ranawaka, Rajitha Senaratne, Ranjan Ramanayaka and Harin Fernando, severely criticized the President’s conduct and blamed him for blatantly reversing the ‘January 08 mandate.”

They threatened to come to Sirisena’s residence with the crowds if the latter did not reconvene Parliament with immediate effect.

Harin Fernando described Sirisena as the “hopper man” (Appaya) and apologized to the party supporters for requesting them to vote for Sirisena.

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  • 21
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    Massive Heh

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      Ryan

      Where is Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weera Windbag Wansa?
      I am still awaiting him to evict Ranil by force.

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        Native,

        WIMAL is now like crabs in hot waters. They will be caught sooner than later. wait and see.

        They in parliament have to face it – entire world says, it is unconstitutonal. New cabinet will be null and void
        But OxFORd educated spineless GLP sat with President inthat meeting held with foreign dignataries yesterday.
        All these is a show to miseald the nation.
        But those who are well awaer of it, know it is unconstitutional. all subsequent steps taken are void ab initio.
        http://slembassyusa.org/country_information_update/19th-amendment-to-the-constitution-of-sri-lanka/

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          sirimal

          Thanks for the 19th.

          Udaya Gammanpila believes Ranil was sacked according to Sinhala version of the 19th Amendment.

          • 4
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            Gamarala not only screwed the Sri Lankans but he also screwed the Australian businessmen.
            Gonpila should be worshiping Gamarala and kissing his portfolio statement.

          • 2
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            We dont need to worry – that is unconstitutional.

            Anyone with a bird brain with health conscience you will all see that is unconstitutional.

            No such paras are found neither constitution nor in 19th Amendment.

            If President had that powers, he could also react even before not just at this dismissal, but also very many times where he should have reacted accordingly.

            19A curtailed his powers, but his immatuarity misguided him to end up as a fool.
            They are both caught by the tricks being played by their advisers.
            This fake govt will last just 4 weeks at maximum.
            Lets wait and see. I am very optimistic. :)

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            If the appointment of Mahinda is legitimate why do it in such secrecy?

            So ………. the manner in which Mahinda was appointed ……… shows ……. it was a coup ……… this how coups takes place………. In secrecy without the knowledge of the citizens. ……. If it was legitimate it could have been easily done in the parliament.

            Ranil’s appointment in 2015 was done in the parliament – under vastly different presidential powers existing at the time – which were curtailed by the 19th amendment especially to take away the power of the president to remove a sitting PM who has a parliamentary majority. In 2005 If the parliamentary assembly did not like Sirisena’s appointment of Ranil as the PM then the assembly could have brought in a no-confidence motion and removed him. That itself shows Ranil’s appointment was democratic. The parliament was not prorogued ……… so anyone was free to bring a no-confidence motion.

            Every time Mahinda has obtained power he has robbed it………. in 2005 he bribed Prabakaran ……….. in 2018 it was through an undemocratic coup.

            This man has not only robbed the country’s wealth …….. but the leadership too

            This is not UNP or SLFP or Mahind or Ranil or SIrisena or any other crap ……….. but the truth if people can stomach it ……but I am not holding my breath :))

            All the great Lankan academics, intellectuals, learned sons of the motherland ………….. what say you?

            Ah Lankans! ……….. where would we be without them?

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              nimal fernando

              “If the appointment of Mahinda is legitimate why do it in such secrecy?”

              Oh it is simple.
              The Sri Lankans (whatever that is) believe every one of them is Einstein, Chanakya, Mao, Karl, Castro, Bill Gates, Isaiah Berlin, Adam Smith, Amartya Sen, Vo Nguyen Giap‎ , Gramsci, Churchill, ….. Buddha, ……………….. Chandrasekhar (physicist knew something about black hole, should have researched a******es), Prof Obeyesekere, ….. …. … rolled into one. I am sorry I have run out of names.

              Hence every Sri Lankan (whatever that maybe) is actually a smart ass clever dick, never knows when to stop digging.

              Are you a Sri Lankan (whatever that maybe)? Hope you are not.

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          Massive Phooo !!! Phooo!!!

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          What do you have to say about how Ranil was appointed as PM when there was a sitting PM with higher majority in the Parliament

          What do you think about the way MS dissolve the Parliament when it was about to table COPE report on Bond Scam

          What do you think about the unconstitutionality of not holding PC election for about 18 month

          There are many ………

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        Guys, UNP and SLFP
        Don’t resort to violence, PLEASE.
        As I said over and over, Mahinda’s appointment made by the President is legal but the removal of Ranil is illegal. (Try to understand, please.)
        As a result, now Sri Lanka has “Co-Prime Ministers” for the first time.
        Mahinda has DULY sworn in before the President.
        However, there is a sitting Prime Minister, too.
        Ranil should be allowed to function from Temple Trees.
        And Mahinda should also be given all civil, political and judicial privileges and courtesies entitled for a Prime Minister.
        About accommodation for the new Prime Minister; Ranil is already occupying in the Temple Trees legally. It is NOT right to request him to leave the premises and there is no legal provision to do so either.
        I earlier suggested “Visumpaya” for Mahinda. But I forgot that “President’s House” in Fort is vacant for the last 4 years.
        I suggest, in all fairness, the “President’s House in Fort” should be allocated to Mahinda. He is entitled to an official residence fit for a Prime Minister.
        If there are protests like this, the President cannot reconvene the Parliament as it is his duty to ensure safety and security of all citizens.
        First of all, Ranil should advise his supporters to show restraint and calm down. Any protest against President or new PM Mahinda should also be stopped.
        Then we will see how to solve this matter within the Constitution and in a democratic framework without an injustice to any parties involved.
        I have a suggestion. Let’s wait until the tension die down.
        Remember, world is watching us. Don’t do anything to disgrace our motherland.

        • 14
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          champa you need which milk dhano?

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            indi – Chimp might like “kukku” from Ratharan Nona!

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          None of the UNP and other minsiters have any kind of criminal records, on going investigations against them.

          But how come Mahindanananda even Rajapakshe be offered any kind of posts while their profiles being not clean ?

          That is the basics that I was taught in 80ties – if you would be offered any job, your profile needs to be free from any crimes.

          Champa, you have been a diehard man or woman to Rajakshe could you kindly explain me why the current PRESIDENT et al seem no concern about crime free profile ? Sirisena himself accused Rajapakshe of having planned to kill him…. so how come he being bent U TURN forget all these at once ?
          Please explain us .. you are the spokesperson for them. as I see it.
          I don tkno whow i could teach my grand children with proper responses.

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          You talk BS what is wrong with you Champa.

          You have added good comments to this CT but today you have been abused by someone or you too are part of alzheimer syndrome.

          His appointment is FAKE.

          He should not be offered any facilties. ITN to be given to his authority today is just heard inthe news.
          Was that the case with RANIL too ? That is the difference.

          Like Sarath fonseka articulated it in the rally, all high crimes committed by MR and his thugs were also practises of Sirisena and then cabinet too.
          That is right.. so it was a mistake UNP to have kept the faith on Sirisena.
          Uneducated man would never become wise even if good educated people are around.
          This we know form their behavours today than as no times in the past.

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          Champa
          You said “As I said over and over, Mahinda’s appointment made by the President is legal but the removal of Ranil is illegal.”

          That means by natural logic, having two Prime Ministers in Sri Lanka is legal!

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          Dear Champa

          There is nothing more to be done to disgrace our motherland. Everything necessary to reach that status has already been done – by the President.

          There is a “right way” and a “wrong way” to do anything important. This certainly wasn’t the “right way”.

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            Justice and Fairplay

            “There is nothing more to be done to disgrace our motherland. Everything necessary to reach that status has already been done – by the President.”

            I think you are wrong.
            According to Sirisena

            “Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country, where Theravada Buddhism is practiced. There are solutions in Buddhist teachings to most of the problems faced by the people in this world. Similarly, those who follow other religions like Hinduism, Islam and Christianity too can find answers to these problems by these great religious philosophies. ” – President Maithripala Sirisena at the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly – 22. 09. 2016.

            He even went to UN and proclaimed Sri Lanka was a Buddhist country, where Theravada Buddhism was practiced. I am not sure where he got the idea.

            Sri Lanka’s constitution does not state Sri Lanka was a buddhist country country.

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          Chimpa – I thought you took a break to do Medamulana Meeharaka’s laundry!

        • 0
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          Also they need a moda pimpiya like you to spend the turmoil nights……

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          Champa, removal of Ranil is not illegal. Read the 19th amendment, it does not say that the President cannot remove the PM. Also, there is the mention of PM cease to be the PM, by resignation, death or otherwise,.otherwise can mean the dissolution of the cabinet because the government ceases to exist, because the national government ceases to exist because the SLFP withdrew.

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            wannihami
            Jeez. I’m still here. I will answer your 2 questions WITHOUT BIAS.
            1. I’ll explain why Ranil’s removal is illegal.
            President can violate the Constitution or interpret areas that are vague, according to the knowledge of his many “Kevattayas.”.
            But, he CANNOT VIOLATE the PRIVILEGES and RIGHTS of an ELECTED PM or an MP.
            Let me say it in the simplest possible way.
            — Do you think the President can remove “an elected” MP from the Parliament, at his whims and fancies, by way of a letter? Of course not.
            — Then how could he remove “an elected Prime Minister” through a letter?
            Simple logic.
            This same thing happened to DM Jayaratne too. I vehemently condemned it at the time. Whether it happened to DM or RanilW, what is wrong is wrong.
            2. What do you mean by “otherwise”? I am afraid our Constitution doesn’t leave room for “no-name-games.”
            Unity Government doesn’t cease to exist SIMPLY BECAUSE one of its coalition partners pulled out. If they want to form a new government, they should prove in the Parliament that they have the majority and then their leader will be elected as the Prime Minister.
            According to 19A, if a single political party was unable to show the majority in the Parliament, the first and the second political parties which have the highest number of seats should form a Unity Government. UNP holds the highest number of seats in the Parliament. That is why the President appointed it’s leader RW as the PM in 2015.
            Unity government is like a “tandem-bicycle” which has to be pedaled until they complete 4½ years or stopped by a Motion passed by 2/3.
            At the same time, I still maintain, MR’s appointment is legal.

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              Champa, RW is an elected MP, yes agreed. But he is not an ELECTED PM. So your statement above is incorrect. PMs are NOT ELECTED but appointed by the President given the candidate meets certain conditions. In this case, the President as the Executive removed RW from Premiership, as he explained publicly, according to his reasonable judgment RW had failed to meet those conditions. Read the relevant article on legislation yourself if you wish to do so. The President has not removed RW from being an MP, he could continue to function as an MP. These were all explained in this very forum by constitutional lawyers that are experts in their field. Just because most laymen and die hard UNP bloggers in this forum do not like to read that truth, they are flapping around like headless chicken trying to write their own interpretation of the law and trying to be clever, whereas none of them are recognized legal experts. If they were they would not be writing blogs here, but earning mega bucks selling their expertise to someone that pays. We have yet to see UNP, or RW as an individual, challenging the President’s decision in a Court of Law even though several days have passed by after the event. If RW has a genuine legal challenge, as a former lawyer he would have been swift to take legal action, but as far as we are aware, he has not initiated any legal action. Instead he had been focusing on causing hysteria and mayhem among the people, and begging diplomats to save him. This I believe is because RW has no legal case aganst the President’s decision. Anyway we shall see.

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                thrisu
                I will reply for the benefit of readers as fault logic is not correct.
                President appointed Ranil as the PM in 2015 “as he showed the majority in the Parliament at the time.” That is the only basis according to the Constitution.
                The Constitution DOES NOT recognize the reasons mentioned in President’s confession cum speech as the basis for removing a sitting Prime Minister.

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              Champa – Yahaspalana Gov. was a coalition and when a major coalition partner withdraws from the coalition the coalition government ceased to exist and PM post automatically vacated – And a window of opportunity was created for the MS to appoint a new PM and invite him to form a new Gov. If Ranil had a chance to form a new cabinet immediately after the withdrawal of one of its coalition partner then things would have been different – but everything happened within few minutes and nobody in UNP could figure out what to do – by the time Ranil reaches Colombo it was too late – MR had already swarn in as PM – sorry dot com
              MR and MS had orchestrated the drama swiftly and so secretly – UNP is receiving the return on what they did in 2015 – now too late

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                Rabok
                Withdrawing from one coalition partner from the unity government cannot make the PM cease to exist. It only makes them a non-party to the unity government. If they want to form a new government with a new PM, they have to show the majority in the Parliament.
                You say, “Ranil had a chance to form a new cabinet immediately after the withdrawal of one of its coalition partner…” Was he given a chance?
                You say, “everything happened within few minutes and nobody in UNP could figure out what to do. By the time Ranil reaches Colombo it was too late.”
                I am afraid Machang, our Constitution DOES NOT recognize “a guerrilla attack” to the Constitution as the legitimate way to transferring political power.

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                  Champa -I do not think MS’s act was a “Guerrilla attack” – “more or less like ‘Kala dutu kala wala iha ganu” kind of an act – an small window of opportunity was tactfully used by MS/MR
                  Ranil had enough opportunities to show the middle finger to Sandhana guys and formed a Gov. without them – but he was not sure what impact that action would have on his fragile majority – since he is well aware of MR’s ability to do horse trading – and he also knows that there are many elements in his own party having different views about his leadership —
                  Now all gone – MR being a master manipulator , will not give up

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          Ane Champa so cute ne…..

          “Lets not resort to violence please, guys. Lets drink milk, guys. Lets have two PMs, guys. One for you, one for me, guys”.

          The problem with you, Champa, is that you grossly overestimate your own IQ and underestimate the IQ of others.

          A few days ago, you were singing a different tune. Now obviously you and your ilk are in panic mode, after the public outcry, as well as the international condemnation, and realising that your masters could not engineer as many defections as they hoped.

          So the JO talks about dissolution, and Dealdasa talks about dissolution, and you talk about two PMs. “Lets go home, let things settle”…. so that the public pressure will reduce and your masters can continue with the illegal power grab.

          Any child knows that if a dismissal is illegal, filling of that position is also illegal because there was no vacancy to be filled. The person appointed to a non-existing vacancy has no legal right to continue in that position. I am sure you know this too, but like I said, you think you can fool other people by these overtures. We know very well that you would not be so conciliatory if your masters had the upper hand.

          I am no big supporter of UNP. Support who you like, but do not assume that you are smarter than others and can fool people with your little tricks. And don’t reply, you would be wasting your time.

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            Hard Truth
            Of course not. When I heard Mahinda was the PM I was elated. My opinion changed after President prorogued the Parliament.
            For your information, I am no body’s mouthpiece. I have been giving my independent opinion since February 2015.
            There is no provision to dissolve the Parliament right now.
            I don’t give a hoot to the opinion of the international community.

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        NV:
        “The case filed by the Bribery Commission against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others has been postponed until Feb 26th, as ordered by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court.”
        Next will that the case is withdrawn.

        The guy that held the justice ministry and protected thieves is back at it again.
        “If appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa as the PM is illegal, then appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as the PM back in 2015 is also illegal, said Minister of Education Wijedasa Rajapaksa.”

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          Burt

          Do we need a Parliament, 225 crooked clowns, …………
          Can’t we just do with a single handed president and a single handed prime minister. My considered view is that lets transfer all government bank accounts to Seychelles, …………. signatories, Basil, Namal, Sirisena, Daham, ………………

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            NV:
            Having a President and PM from two different backgrounds too could complicate things.
            Considering this is a Sinhala bauda state we could handover the country to the Mahanayake but then you will the mahanayake’s killing each other.
            Best solution lets hand this over to a single family to run it like a family business.

            Does any family come to mind?

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      Bigger than the Jana balaya and no alcohol was given

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        Time to go Ranil – quietly.
        You have done enough damage to the economy and people of Lanka.
        The economy and rupee that you crashed is dipping further because of the political unrest you are causing now..Rupee is at 176 to the USD
        Please disappear and let your buddy MR. who you protected all these years, rule the Miracle of Modayas!

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        M.Basnayake,

        How many Quislings from UNP so far? Four?

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      Be careful. Basil R will distribute rotten milk packets as he did during Namal baby’s bada eliya rally

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      RE: UNP Holds Massive Rally In The Vicinity Of Temple Trees: Sirisena Under Enormous Pressure To Convene Parliament

      This is Waking the Sleeping Giant, Democracy. This may have brought the people together to protect Democracy and freedom from Dictatorship and personal self-interest.

      Looking over the history of World War II and, specifically the attack on Pearl Harbor, you’ve probably come across a phrase every so often, one that may sound a little silly, considering the circumstances surrounding it, but actually means a lot more than is apparent at first glance.

      The “sleeping giant” in this case refers to the United States of America. Hearing it may bring up questions like “how was it sleeping?” or “what does ‘waking’ even mean?” but the phrase isn’t intended to be taken literally. Essentially, it refers to the prod that led to America’s active involvement in World War II. Until the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US had taken a neutral stance. Though it supported the Allies with arms and other resources, the nation wasn’t willing to send its military into battle.

      But once the Japanese struck the naval base on Oahu, the sentiment of most of the nation—represented by Congress—changed. The United States awoke from a slumbering state of neutrality, eventually sending over ten million troops to war.

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      VOC and Dayan Jayatilleka distracting the members from demanding democratic procedures be followed? Be alert read through the lines don’t be fooled.

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        Max,

        how come you dont support DJ ?

        We thought that you would go after him. How come this upside down nature ?

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      Maithri visited Seashells for his commission for the sale of the Colombo port. Ranil is refused to sell it the Chinese. The pissed off Chinese threatened to expose Maithri which resulted him trying to oust Ranil.

      Aiyoo Sirisena !

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBUUfmFe2Js&t=5s

      You guys please check what is being discussed in this discussion.
      That bone licking Lawyer standing for Rajakshe clan, further argues even after 19th Amendment Rajakshe can be next presdidential candidate.

      See, how their lawyers behave.

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBUUfmFe2Js&t=5s

      Rajaakshe lawyer argues that a president of srilanka can do anything and everything regardless of the constitution.

      How come a lawyer argue this way ?

      Executive President regardless of his mandate, he should be entitled to respect constitution.
      If Executive President has autocratic power to do anything, so why should we need a constitution?

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      Ryan ,

      Massive or not, is not the issue.

      It’s basically , Sirisena, is saying the president is above the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Have you heard about the Magna Carter?

      So, figure out what titles are to be conferred on Sirisena. Traitor, Sevalaya, Mala-Petertaya, Patholaya or Hopper?

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      Hey guys,

      oldest democrasy in the world confirms that Ranil W is the Legal PM for Srilanka.

      and they have been watching the developments in the country

      http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51088/intl-community-continues-to-recognize-ranil-as-legitimate-pm-uk

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      Massive in UNP standards.

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      ryan

      can’t you see you fool,thre is no more room for others,otherwise some more would have come i suppose.Most of these people will be taxpayers too unlike mahinda’s mob.

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      Those who are interested in facts,

      Please listen to the video below. FAKE premiership would shortlive… for sure.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4zAg4J6uKk

      These men are senior legal experts.

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    Bondscam Ranil’s Last Hurrah?! Time to go now. Bye Ranil, good riddance!
    Sri Lanka needs elections and a NEW, YOUNGER GENERATION of CLEAN politicians to clean up the mess. Both Ranil and corrupt MR should be banned from contesting.
    There should be an age limit of 68 to contest. Time for young generation to take over.
    This current generation of corrupt politicians must go! Bondscam Ranil and MR has failed the people with constitution and Fake reconciliation games and turned Parliament into a Cesspit of Corruption, rent-seeking and horsetrading.

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      Dinuk,

      wait and see, not to him but to other both, you will have to say bye next week

      Entire world is supporting to stand against Both MR and highly corrupted SIRA.

      Politicians do corrupt activities knowiingly or unknowingly.. but Rajaapksehs adn Sirisena did it in public.

      Bond scam is one thing but Rajakshe did it multiple times. Sure, Ranil will work on serviing the justice .. let s see, thanks to him, only democracy restored not because of LOW LEVEL Sirisena.
      Sirisena harvested on Ranil s handlings with the world.
      Sirisena is uneducated bugger who should be impeached by every means next days.

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      “Maha Moda Mee Harakek Muu, Anna arehe paththakata wela Hitapan” – Mahinda Rajapaksha, Rajapaksha Nikaya, Madamulana Chapter, Pin Agamathi Jathakaya. –
      Biggest betrayer in the history ” Horikadasena” and Madamulana Rajapaksha’s Last Hurrah……

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    The footage says “Ranil Wickremesinghe UNP Leader”
    He is still the PM of Sri Lanka

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    People should gather to express their disapproval for the way the President Sirisena & Mahinda Rajapakse captured power. Whether it is legal or illegal it is not the way to change the government. It is only the Parliament and the People of this nation have the right to change the government. The country was on peaceful and there was nothing prohibited the President to call the parliament to decide whether the government should be changed or not. People should peacefully rebell against those who misuse the power through illegal methods. This sort of power coup should not happen in this land anymore.

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    This protest SHOULD NOT be against Mahinda. It is NOT FAIR.
    He is NOT RESPONSIBLE for the appointment made by the President and Chairman of SLFP.
    Mahinda didn’t have any say in the appointment but IT IS LEGAL.
    What is illegal is Ranil’s removal and again it is NOT Mahinda’s doing.
    Now we have Co-Prime Ministers for the first time in Sri Lanka.

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      Champa I thought you are consistent.

      Do you have any idea where Kuamra Walagama has been now. Has he already murdered down ?

      I read yours has been changing time to time. Now dont you think that MR and RW are both victimzed by Appa GILAPU Sira.

      He has to be surrendered to Parlimaent tomorow or next days sooner than later.
      THere his face is lost.
      I saw MR has been marching behind Sirisena the most abusive man, as JO never thought a week ago.
      Now MR behaves as if his genitals were taken away from someone else why ?

      Walgama told him not to bend down to SIRISENA but he did. Why ?

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        Leela,
        Champa is not only inconsistent but incontinent these days.

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        LEELAGEMALLI
        I saw Kumara Welgama at PM’s Working Office when Mahinda assumed duties. They are old buddies and Welgama has always stood by Mahinda, even before others, when Mahinda was defeated in January 2015. His opinion was only about the next Presidential candidate. He has a right to expression and Mahinda had no objection to it.
        I am fully consistent with my thinking. I was with Mahinda, since February 2015. I would never leave him. But I am not ready to justify President’s blunders although it is for Mahinda.

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      Champa,

      “This protest SHOULD NOT be against Mahinda. It is NOT FAIR”

      Mahinda is a co-conspirator. He is abetting unconstitutional action, As a former President, Prime Minister and current MP, he should know better. So, it is fair.

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      Champa,

      :Mahinda didn’t have any say in the appointment but IT IS LEGAL.”

      What is your IQ? Just curious! Mean IQ of Sri Lanka is 79.

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        i guess champa is a spy of MR or like wise ?/?

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        on one hand

        1) Rajapakshe is caught by the their tricks

        2) Sirisena too is caught by the tricks

        Constitutional analysts world wide are with Ranil et al today – all educated people support him.

        Why Rajakshes to go down this way – is fully connected with lack of proper knowledge.
        These men can be caught by any tricks – since both men are INTOXICATED by power
        One is to him
        MR is to his son.
        If MR became normal and let any others to become president, things would have turned nice for them and could live a good later day life.
        Now Sira will be kicked off by both UNP and SLFP and others soon

        Like the fox faced it, he will have to die being isolated:

        Not a single person who supported him in 2015 would treat him with respect today.
        why ?

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      Prior to Friday, MR had more haters than MY3, but now MY3 takes the lead, MR might be thanking MY3 for taking the focus away…

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      Mara Babek ne oya champa

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      Champa,
      Do you think Mahinda is innocent? Do you think Mahinda was kidnapped and threatened by Sirisena? What a joke? Accept the reality and be honest to this nation, not for any crooks?

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      Champa,

      You may be right; Mahinda is innocent; as innocent as new born baby. Remember, he was born on Oct 26th evening.

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      Champa, in any illegal transaction both the giver and the receiver are guilty.

      Surprised you are missing out on basics.

      And there is nothing called Co-Prime Minister s practiced anywhere.

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    Mustachio man and his clan is planning to rob ,while the spineless grasshopper is having diarrhea. So many are waiting to squeeze siras withered balls.

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      roy – “So many are waiting to squeeze Siras withered balls.” Be that as it may, so many parents are waiting to see that Meeharaka’s Mongol son Namal is castrated!

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    According to Intelligence sources the estimated crowd was around 65000.
    It was a decent crowd

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      lol! that road behind liberty cinema can hardly fit 5000 people. baila katha karanna epa.
      serious questions about the intelligence of the intelligence

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        Buruwa.
        Jana balaya colombata on sept 5 by namal baba at lake house could only accomodate a crowd of less than 2000.
        No wada pethi and rotten milk
        Face the facts and move on

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      Travis Gunasekere

      It can be more than 65000 but it’s UNP stronghold.

      75% of the crowd belong not to UNP but to JVP.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCX-IAoREmc

    lanken students from india join protest marches

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    It is time to realize for Maithiripala Sirisena and everyone the might of the People’s power. Democratic practices should be upheld. Let us pray God that peace prevails in Sri Lanka where every one of us can live with amicable understanding.

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    Very unusual to have such support for a recent govt who are always going to be unpopular. This is truly become a rally cry for democracy. People understand the risk to the nation. Great to see there is still hope for the country. Sillysena and The fat bastard must be shitting in their amudey now. Piss off now and open the Parliament for a vote, whom ever wins can hold power as WE PAY FOR YOU. WE ARE YOUR MASTERS not the other way around!

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    Where is Sajith Premadasa? Just curious!!!!!!

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      He spoke at the rally. I saw him on the 8 o’clock Sirasa Tamil news.

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    Crowd is not that huge I was just told by someone in Colombo working on Turret Road/Dharmapala Mawatha. It is sizeable and mostly Colombo UNP types I was told. It is not as large as the crowds MR drew immediately after he lost in 2015. Just giving you as a point of reference.

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      Astrologer Sumane.
      Quality matters not quantity!
      Cheers!

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        Absolutely….this is a spontaneous crowd not imported crowd with arrack and briyani packet

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      It is not the quantity, QUALITY.

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      It looked pretty big on Tamil tv news at 8. There were close ups showing how tightly packed the crowd was & aerial videos showing how extensive it was — along several streets. And the crowd did NOT seem to be all Colombo middle class types. There seemed to be plenty of working class people. Some were interviewed.

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    BY THIS FOOLISH action MY3 once again have made RANIL VERY POPULAR.most of the guys who are not very much not bothered about active politics NOW WILL START SUPPORTING UNP AND RANIL.THEY ALL FELL SORRY FOR RANIL

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    Very unfortunate to have watched the most loved and respected Journalists. MR. Faraz Shoukathali struggled to lie all about the constitution which he has no extended knowledge of , people are adviced not to take Faraz Shoukathali’ seriously, as he is just prejudiced.

    Very disappointing to see a man with such a superlative skill of the English language and with considerable knowledge stoop to the level where he is seen struggling with his vocabulary to find the right words to lie out beause he is prejudiced.

    What is happening to our beloved nation, where have all the gentlemen gone.????

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    Newsfirst has its own agenda to make this illegitimate government of Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa sound legal!? Why no talk about the white vans, killing of journalists, Wasim Thajudeen? Disgraceful maharajah Network. Explain why you are trying to protect the murderous Rajapaksas. You are as bad as the politicians you selectively attack on your media network… as of last you only talk about Ranil and this supposed bond scam in a negative way while downplaying all the serious Rajapaksa crimes!

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    When are our fools going to realise these rallies are for their own good may it be UNP or JO. After these rallies, these poor souls will be going home in crowded, dirty buses sweating the entire way home, while those who are on the stage will go home or to an expensive restaurant for a meal in air-conditioned luxury in their Land Rovers, BMWs, Mercedes and other super luxury vehicles. Just go back and have a look at the vehicles that were parked outside the Temple Trees. All this show is just for another set of crocks to get back to power that they so unceremoniously lost. Shamelessly using the idiotic populace, this drama has been played out many times over for their own benefits. A regime that were unable to do anything for the past several years only want their extravagant lifestyle guaranteed. As long as there are these zombies following them blindly, they will be the winners all the time. Sri Lanka is nothing but a cesspit of dirty politics and egregious violation of everything sacred to humankind will continue un-attenuated.

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      Totally agree with you but, your pessimism will not help the very people whom you’re trying to help. If there is any hope for a change in the status quo the tool box for building that change for good is called Democracy even though it has not been used that way yet. However what has happened here is that the tool box has been stolen in broad daylight for permanent destruction by one bunch of ‘crocks’.
      You have to give great respect to those poor souls who will be going home in crowded, dirty buses sweating the entire way home to have stood up for what they believe in knowing well that their return journey home is such. I hope, wish and pray they will one day be rewarded bountifully for their courage. It is up to you and I to support them to push the country and the leaders towards the correct path. It’s absolutely now or never. A dawn without Democracy will make these people slaves for ever without any hope.

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        I do apologise if I sounded crass and insensitive to the plight of the public. It was not my intention at all. My comment was more out of frustration than in distain. Repeatedly we have seen public being used this way to achieve selfish personal objectives of the politicians in the guise of delivering them from great injustice. This is of course not the case. Our public blindly follow these selfish leaders who don’t give a damn about their welfare. I do not think we will ever see a pure uprising by the public in a genuine attempt to bring true change in Sri Lanka as we saw in Egypt and generally, in the so called “Arab Spring”, which were not instigated by any established political entity. That is because those people were genuinely interested in bringing in change of regime in their countries and not influenced by personal gain. Lot of people sacrificed their lives until the objective was achieved. Unless we come to a stage like that, our public will be pawns of dirty politicians and their sweat will be just in vain.

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    Exaggeration as usual. Let these reactionaries expend their hot air or being nagged by their wives to go home or go to work.

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      thrishu

      Time for you change your employer.
      DR Go the national hangman must be working from home.
      He might need extra hands to keep his home office neat and tidy.
      As a unrepentant Dr Go loyalist, the job might suit you.
      Wish you well.

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        Thrisu is from Richmond College.
        This bugger i thought would be a real scholar.

        But his behaviour proves us he is no different to that Wijedasa Rajapkshes.
        These men would lick the balls of Rajapkshe if they would have been offered any big portions.

        Thrisu if you can read, please read 19A and see how would you agree with the paras in the constitutionn.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_PZeaF8GPA

        Why you the like postdocs behave to the very same manner headless chicken-Sira has been, is not comphrehensible to me.
        You can be one another LALITH Weerathunga.. whjy not you try ? Or Mahindanana Aluthgamage who also owned a palace in UK. Easy way to become wealthy is start licking the balls of Rajakshes.
        But people of the country would ever be curse with you guys.
        I don tmin you can be against RW but why not support any opposition force against Rajakshe mafia is beyond my understanding.

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    Paramount among democracy is freedom to protest. Is it not!

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      MODA CHANDRAMATHA: If it was for a Salary or Pension amount increases they would get TEAR GAS TREATMENT. Why not now.

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    The crowd is unbelievable, huge, (Eye witness— Only TNL is broadcasting without prejudice) I never ever seen such a huge crowd protest in Sri Lana’s history.

    Obviously, people may have their dissatisfaction against one individual naming Ranil, but Sri Lankans are not fools, they are mostly educated, most of them are well. Informed, traveled and most of all now they how valuable and sweeter than. Honey is freedom.

    Yes agreed, RW screwed up alot following mostly the advice of Mali but people are present today on the Streets to safeguard that freedom and democracy .not Ranil or UNP..

    Journalists like Faraz can not fool the people. It is sad to not see Sonali or Rasool around, they don’t bow their heads to pressure, they are honest journalists with zero tolerance to prejudice.

    millions will March on the street soon if The President does not convene the parliament, regret to say he will regret.

    In the end its us the people who will be crying tears of blood.

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    Old King might have planned a Rapist Army intervention in parliament if he is defeated in the vote count. But there were some preparation from political parties to survive such incidents. Further there is heavy pressure from IC (other India and China) to convene parliament to decide who the Prime Minister is.

    Now there are news that Mahinda Samarasinghe is denying that there is a vote call for Old King in the Nov,16th sitting. Rather other businesses will only be attended. He says that there is no requirement to prove the Confidence of Parliament on the candidate the EP appointed.

    It seems to be without external forces influence, Democracy would not be restored. .

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    It’s RW who betrayed the concept of good governance, that made MS the president & RW the PM.

    It’s well known & beyond doubt that RW has played an active role in CB bond scam issue & pretending not to know anything & has been belittling MS for his hailing from rural Polonnaruwa.

    It may be that UNP sacrificed to put MS to presidency but it should be understood that MS side too did the same sacrifice to bring the UNP to rule the country with RW as the PM.

    So it must be understood by both the local & international community that the country can’t afford to give the fake gg & the UNP & it’s uncharismatic corrupt leader to manage the economy any further.

    Constitution can be interpreted in different ways but what the president has done to sack RW must stand for the survival of the country.

    So RW & the UNP must give up fake struggle & accept president’s decision & leave Temple Trees.

    They have a right to take the matter to courts & challenge president’s decision.

    On 16th the house will be convened & the what president has done is through vested constitutional power.

    Showing a crowd has nothing to do with the problem & as a responsible party UNP must act to stop possible blood bath in the coming days.

    People are not ready to bow down to possible international pressure that might arise from the US, EU & the UN.

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    Yeah ! A Massive Public Rally ?
    What next …. VANDALISM ? POGRAM ?……?
    Ape Sri Lanka Maathaa ! jayahe Jayahe !

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    At the UNP rally, several UNP MPs kept on screaming that they want to protect democracy. If they are serious about protecting democracy they should fire Ranil Wickramasinghe because even few UNP MPs have told in public that there is no democracy in the party and the leader is behaving like a dictator. On several occasions, UNP MPs revolted against Ranil Wickramasinghe’s dictatorial behavior. He was doing the same thing as PM. A ‘Benevolent Dictator’ can be a blessing for a country but unfortunately Ranil Wickramasinghe did not fall into that category. Mr.Lee Kuan Yew and Mr.Mahathir Mohamed were Benevolent Dictators. That is the reason those countries prospered.
    People in this country should be grateful to President Sirisena for exposing the dictatorial and dirty behavior of Ranil Wickramasinghe in handling affairs in the National Government and how he violated the principles of ‘Good Governance’. Although he pledged to ‘Good Governance’, he was not serious about it. He used President Sirisena to carry on with his agenda. Getting rid of him is a blessing for the country.
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    In my view, democracy ruined this country. Let us pray that this country gets a benevolent dictator.

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    For CT gathering of people between 2000~3000 = “massive public rally”

    How MEDIA mislead the public. Sad state of affairs

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    Wow…..
    What a Rally..
    But I didn’t see any Green Flags ,or Red Flags or Diaspora Flags or even Rainbow Flags…
    It would have looked like a Sea of Flags as well ,to represent that 6.2 Lakhs whom the UNP “A” list member Kandy Kirra promised to bring to escort Dr Ranil from the TT to Kotte..

    Rain Boy Kid Harin called his one time Cabinet Boss ” Appam “.. That is “mild”
    Even I used call him Appaya.
    Anyway wonder what happened to the UNP Heavy Hitters like Keselwatta Kid, who could have brought tens of thousands of Yahapalanaistas even from ro Paliyagoda and Wanathamulla , all fitted with the full gear including the Green Flag..

    What happened to the Rainbow Uncle Mangalan who called Sira a” Padadaya”?.
    That is serious stuff..
    And our inhabitants would have liked it.
    Where was Damila Amila to represent the Mahasang,a whom Dr Ranil put at the top in his address to the nation?..
    Damila Amila is a good orator who uses juicy terms like the “Jungi” to keep the Elite Yahapalistas in Colombo, all happy and fired up..

    I know the grand son of the founder of the UNP Mr D S Senanayaka is a Cabinet Minister. now ..
    And he is dead against diving the Nation into Ethnic Cantons, which Dr Ranil planned to do with his New Constitution.
    He said after the swearing in that he will go back to the UNP as soon as Dr Ranil says Adios..

    BTW,
    How many UNP Yahapalanaistas did Kirra bring from Kandy?
    Why didn’t Mr Sampathar, and Mr Sumanthiran address this Massive Rally to give a hand to spice up Dental Dr Rajitha’s call to their mates in the West to impose crippling sanctions on our Inhabitants in Lankawe…….
    Did anyone see Hakeem on stage?…

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      KASmaalam

      “I know the grand son of the founder of the UNP Mr D S Senanayaka is a Cabinet Minister. now ..”

      Ranjan Ramanayake ordered him to check his DNA and keep his back covered whenever a Chinaman happen to stand right behind him. I thought he was referring to S W R D Bandaranayake.

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        Dear Native,

        My Elders tell me Ranjan is a good buddy of Dr Ranil and Ranjan visits Srikotha very often..
        They also tell me Rajana’s forte is to do roles as Transvestites and Cross Dressers. as his Day Job..
        How do you know Ranjan?.
        Why don’t you do a DNA on him and give the results as a Chrissy Present…..

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    It is now nearly a month since Jamal Kashoggi the journalist was killed in
    Turkey by a group of fifteen hit squad from Saudi at Saudi consulate . Now
    what has that to do in what’s happening here in Srilanka ? It has a lesson
    for us in closely watching how the killing is being dragged on , on and on
    and we don’t know for how long it is going to go like this despite all major
    Western world is being forced to put their noses into the episode for various
    reasons that involves geopolitics , arms deals , regional conflicts ,economic
    impact and all the hell ! Now imagine , Saudi knows the killers , the world
    knows the whole episode , but they are still struggling to disclose the man
    who ordered the murder ! Why ? Because of a whole lot of selfish agendas
    and interests that has to be extracted from Saudi or from both Saudi and
    Turkey . Now , taking this as a lesson , we need to find a quick way out within
    days ! You drag it on , this is going to be a wound that never heels ! MARA & CO
    has come ready for a showdown , a Donkey like Sira doesn’t have the balls to
    do this without a master plan to face consequences ! U N P now has only one
    option and that is DO or PERISH . MARA’s support base has at least two million
    ROGUES and thugs who will attend a call of racist alarm , his best of weapons.
    How gutsy was China , to give their blessings to MARA in such a hurry ! But
    if properly handled , Colombo will provide the right answer !

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    The interesting thing is earlier today I saw in a Tamil Muslim website that Old King invited Sampanthar and explaining excellently why Sampanthar’s support was important for him to save his government and why his government should be saved. Sampanthar was patiently listening all and then said “You should not have got the power this way.” The guy got mad and cancelled the meeting and walked out abruptly.

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      Mallung
      It is a fairy tale that many would like to hear.
      But it is a fairy tale nevertheless.
      Websites are more web than anything else, step watchfully.

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