Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday asked an all-party meeting to hold a third vote on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, deepening the country’s political crisis. Sirisena called the all party leaders’ meeting after Rajapaksa, his choice to lead the government, was voted out twice within days by a majority in a no-confidence motion. A lawmaker loyal to Sirisena told reporters that the president rejected the outcome of the second vote held on Friday, which potentially strengthened the hand of Ranil Wickremesinghe who is seeking to return as prime minister. “To decide on the no confidence motion presented against the government, president noted that he wanted a vote with a name call or electronically displayed,” Sirisena’s office said in a s
The Chinese Government has said it hoped that Sri Lanka can maintain stability and find ways to end the current political impasse. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said this in response to a question asked during the regular press conference held on Wednesday. “As a traditional friendly neighbour of Sri Lanka, China has been closely following the developments of the situation in Sri Lanka. We hope that Sri Lanka can maintain stability and that all relevant parties in Sri Lanka have the wits and ways needed to deal with the current situation,” she said.
Commenting on the tense situation prevailed inside Parliament today, German Ambassador Jörn Rohde said that today was a bad day for democracy in Sri Lanka. “Sri Lanka has a long and proud democratic tradition. Throwing objects at the Speaker and preventing votes is unbecoming of a democracy,” he tweeted.
Sixteen parliamentarians have been paid a total of Rs. 26,617,357 as benefits by the president fund from 2015 up to now. The highest payment has been paid to 3 Members of Parliament in the year 2016 amount to Rs. 11,700,000. Two MPS have been paid Rs. 3,917,406 in 2015 and four MPS have been paid Rs. 8,399,287 in 2017. In 2018, seven MPS have been paid Rs. 2,600,664 as benefits. These details were obtained under the Right to Information Act, from the President’s Fund. A normal citizen is paid aid less than Rs. 100,000. - Daily Mirror
A political crisis in Sri Lanka, where two prime ministers are fighting for power, is scaring away tourists and raising questions over foreign aid, ringing alarm bells for the economy as the currency slumps to record lows. The turmoil in the Indian Ocean nation that has seen one premier refuse to be sacked, and another battle to prove a majority in a Parliament that is banned from meeting, has caused major upheaval that Sri Lanka cannot afford. Amid warnings from politicians of a bloodbath if the dispute escalates, tourists are cancelling hotel bookings just as Sri Lankan beaches and major sites like the Temple of the Tooth prepare for peak season. While no official figures have been given, deluxe hotels have reported cancellations and a critical decline in new bookings in the pas...
The Commonwealth Secretary-General’s spokesperson today issued the following Statement on the unfolding political situation in SriLanka. Read the full statement: Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland today noted the decision by President Sirisena to reconvene Parliament on 14 November 2018. Secretary-General Scotland emphasised the importance of the role of Parliament as provided for under the constitution and expressed hope that Parliament would meet as soon as possible to resolve the current crisis in the country. The Secretary-General referred to the Commonwealth Charter, adopted in 2012 by all the Commonwealth member states which specifically refers to the responsibility of governments, political parties and civil society to uphold and promote democratic culture and prac
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the suspended parliament to reconvene on Nov. 14, clearing the way for a vote on his decision to sack the elected prime minister and replace him with wartime nationalist Mahinda Rajapaksa. irisena abruptly fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Oct.26 and appointed former president Rajapaksa to lead the ruling coalition instead, raising fears at home and abroad that this could derail Sri Lanka’s halting national reconciliation process. Wickremesinghe says his dismissal is unconstitutional. His United National Party submitted a motion to that effect to parliament but Sirisena suspended its session until Nov. 16, citing a need for Rajapaksa to make arrangements for the new government prevented the vote. Sirise
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the United States and Japan had frozen more than a billion dollars of development aid after his abrupt dismissal raised doubts about the future of democracy in the island. The move to hold back project financing, along with the EU’s warning it could withdraw duty-free concessions for Sri Lankan exports if it didn’t stick to commitments on national reconciliation, will further strain the economy, Wickremesinghe told Reuters in an interview. President Maithripala Sirisena fired him last month after months of tensions within the government and appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as premier in a shock move that has plunged the nation into a political crisis. Wickremesinghe, who has challenged his dismissal and vowed to
Kuwait City – A Sri Lankan husband committed suicide after leaving his wife in a pool of blood in the neighbourhood of Hawali. The man stabbed his wife several times in various parts of her body before jumping to his death from the 9th floor of a residential building. He reportedly had a fierce argument with his wife before attacked her then putting an end to his life. Neighbours reported the violent fighting between the couple, before hearing the husband’s body hit the ground. The husband died instantly, but the wife was found alive and was rushed to Mubarak Hospital in a critical condition.
Bloomberg: In a compound secured by the Sri Lankan elite special task force that protects the island nation’s top leaders, beneath framed photos of himself in Army uniform, the brother of the country’s newly-installed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is mulling a presidential run. “I’m not interested in actually becoming a minister,” Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was appointed by his brother to be Sri Lanka’s defence secretary in 2005 just before the climax of a brutal 26-year civil war, said in an interview. “But a lot of people want me to contest for the presidency.” In a country where it is common to appoint family members to run key ministries, the comments aren’t much of a surprise. But they suggest the Rajapaksa clan is preparing to once again dominate politics in a nation it control