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[14 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]
Resettlement meaningless without guarantee against structural genocide in East

Governments may come and go, but the State of Sri Lanka gets strengthened in its genocidal project whether there is war, peace or talk of ‘change’, comment the resettled women of Mu’raa-oadai village, situated 5 km south of Vaazhaich-cheanai town in Batticaloa district. 400 houses have been destroyed. Two temples are damaged. Almost all the resettled families are women-headed households, poorest of the poor. The women of the village say: “It is only when we have permanent security from future [...]

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[12 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]

The cabinet of the newly installed Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Sirisena is to be sworn in on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m., according to SL presidential media unit. In the meantime Monday’s Virakesary carried a news item quoting Mr M.A. Sumanthiran that TNA will not be accepting ministerial portfolios in the ‘national government’.

Meanwhile, the official news portal of the Sri Lankan Government published a story featuring the statement by Tamil paramilitary leader of the EPDP, Mr Douglas Devananda, who was [...]

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[12 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]

British Prime Minister David Cameron has asked newly elected Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to facilitate the UN investigation into human rights abuses in the country.

In his congratulatory message released by Downing Street here, Cameron expressed hope that the issues of the past will be addressed.

In his statement, he said, “I congratulate Maithripala Sirisena on his victory in yesterday’s Presidential election.

When I visited Sri Lanka I saw the huge potential the country has, and wish him well [...]

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[12 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]
Sri Lanka leader delays cabinet picks

Sri Lanka’s new president on Monday again delayed naming a cabinet as he failed to reach agreement with partners in his wide-ranging coalition over apportioning ministerial portfolios.

Maithripala Sirisena originally pledged to form a government on Sunday, but aides said discussions were still under way.

Analysts have already warned that Sirisena, who ousted veteran strongman Mahinda Rajapakse in last week’s election, may struggle to satisfy the diverse coalition that backed his campaign.

"The cabinet is almost finalised, but there is some [...]

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[12 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]
KP and Karuna have to be tried – Fonseka

(Adaderana ) Leader of the Democratic Party (DP) Sarath Fonseka says that former LTTE leaders such as Kumaran Pathmanathan and Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan would have to face legal action as they were once “hardcore terrorist” and that a probe will be launched into the whereabouts of seized LTTE assets.

The former international arms procurer of the Tamil Tigers, Kumaran Pathmanathan or ‘KP’ has been operating an orphanage for children affected by the war in Kilinochchi under the custody of the army [...]

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[12 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]
Ananthy urges Pope to see genocide, get answers from local, international players

As Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the island from Tuesday to Thursday, NPC Councillor Ms Ananthy Sasitharan, urged him to grasp the underlying factor of the conflict in the island, i.e. genocide and sought his help in getting answers from the government in Colombo and the international players, including the UN, the Co-chairs and India. “I hope Your Holiness is aware that there is an ideology behind the genocidal process,” she wrote in a letter addressed to the [...]

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[12 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]

Sri Lankan Military Governor of North, Major General (retd.) G.A. Chandrasiri, on Saturday told his staff that he would resign his job before anyone on the top coming with the instruction of transfer to him, informed civil sources in Jaffna said adding that Colombo’s regime-changers have proposed HMGS Palihakkara, who was one of the eight panellists earlier appointed by former SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the so-called Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), which was aimed at buying space and [...]

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[12 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]

The major share of the victory of Mr Maithiripala Sirisena as the sixth president of the country belongs to Tamil-speaking people although the JVP had a ‘little say’ in the outcome of the result, said Anura Dissanayake MP, the president of the Sinhala nationalist Janatha Vimukti Peramuna (JVP), at a media briefing held in Colombo on Friday evening. Currently, the JVP is prepared to give ‘pressure’ from outside to ensure ‘good governance’ via the new SL President Maithiripala Sirisena, the [...]

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[9 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]

The SL President-Elect Maithiripala Sirisena was sworn in as the 6th Executive President of ‘Sri Lanka’ before Justice K. Sripavan on Friday. Mr Maithiripala had declined to take oath before the current Sri Lankan Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, who is considered as a political appointee after the impeachment motion against the 43rd Chief Justice Ms Shiranee Bandaranayke, news sources in Colombo said. Later, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the president of the United National Party and the leader of the opposition in [...]

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[9 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]
Sri Lanka votes out Rajapaksa – Channel 4 News

Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa, a man accused of presiding over multiple war crimes, has lost his bid for a third term as Sri Lanka’s president.

Mr Rajapaksa conceded defeat to Maithripala Sirisena, his one time close ally, on Friday morning and is reported to have promised a smooth transition of power.

Seen by many as a hero after his government crushed terror group the LTTE at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Mr Rajapaksa had confidently called the election two [...]

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[9 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]

Sri Lankan Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has officially declared Maithripala Sirisena as the new President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka around noon at his secretariat. Except Mahinda Rajapakse, UPFA presidential candidate and all other presidential candidates including Maithiripala Sirisena were present at the event.

UPFA Minister Susil Premajayantha was seen in the gathering. No other government leaders were seen at the event. UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinghe represented his party.

Making the official declaration in terms of the powers [...]

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[9 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]
Modi congratulates Sirisena for election as Lanka President

(PTI) Reaching out to President-elect of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated him on his electoral victory and said he looked forward to working with him to take the bilateral ties to a new level.

Modi first called up Sirisena and then wrote a letter to him, hailing his win and expressing India’s continued solidarity to Sri Lanka’s peace and development.

"I spoke to Shri Maithripala Sirisena and congratulated him.

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[9 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]
Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa suffers shock election defeat

Sri Lanka’s long-time leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has been defeated in the presidential election.

Official results showed Maithripala Sirisena, a former ally of the incumbent, had won 51.3% of the vote.

Mr Rajapaksa, in office since 2005, said on Twitter he looked forward to a peaceful transition of power.

His supporters credit him with ending the civil war and boosting the economy, but critics say he had become increasingly authoritarian and corrupt.

Mr Sirisena had already received promises of support from Tamil and Muslim [...]

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[9 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]

Sections of Sinhala elite have succeeded in removing Mahinda Rajapaksa as a liability for the continuation of the genocidal Sinhala State and its monopoly over the island, Tamil political observers commented on the outcome of the ‘presidential’ election for the Establishment in Colombo. According to latest reports on Friday morning, Mahinda Rajapaksa left the charge of his official residence in Colombo to the current opposition leader Ranil Wikramasinghe, who in turn is expected to invite the winning candidate Maithripala Srisena [...]

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[8 Jan 2015 | Comments Off | ]

Maithiripala Sirisena is expected to poll four to six times more votes than Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Jaffna Electoral District while the contest is reportedly tight in the South, sources monitoring the counting told TamilNet at 10:40 p.m. local time on Thursday. Voter turnout in the administrative district of Jaffna was at 61.14%. Mullaiththeevu recorded 74.78% voter turnout, Mannaar 68.25% and Ki’linochchi 70.1%. The voter turnout was at 72% in the administrative district of Trincomalee in the East. 70% turnout [...]