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SLFP to hepl rectify anomalies
Monday, 31 August 2015 - 9:29 AM SL Time

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maitripala Sirisena has decided to look into the shortcomings that may arise in the demarcation of electoral wards for conducting elections to the local authorities, party officials said yesterday.

The election to the local authorities will be conducted on a mix of the First Past the Post System and the Proportional Representation System according to a law enacted by the previous government. O the number of members two-thirds will be elected under the First Past the Post System while the rest will be elected under the Proportional Representation System.
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Oppon. must select opposition leader: Wimal
Monday, 31 August 2015 - 9:24 AM SL Time

President Maithripala Sirisena should not appoint the Opposition Leader but it should be based on the consent of the majority of opposition MPs so that the opposition could function in a proper manner, National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa said today.

He told the media that if the President appointed a parliamentarian of his choice to the post of Opposition Leader, it would be the beginning of President Sirisena acting as a dictator.
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Petitions against MR, Cabraal, Mahendran withdrawn
Friday, 28 August 2015 - 9:50 AM SL Time

A private petition filed against Central Bank (CB) Governor Arjuna Mahendran and his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius was today dismissed by Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya after the petitioner decided to withdraw it.

Renuka Perera, who filed the petition over the CB Bond sale issue, told the court that he wished to withdraw the case as the Bribery Commission was also probing same issue.

At the same time, two private petitions filed against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former CB Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal over EPF transaction and Greek Bond issue were also dismissed by the Magistrate after the complainant told that he wished to withdraw the cases. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Seneviratne withdraws case against Ranil
Thursday, 27 August 2015 - 1:02 PM SL Time

A lawsuit filed by former Minister of sugar industries Lakshman Seneviratne against UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and its working committee members challenging his expulsion from the UNP was dismissed by Colombo District Court after the former minister s decision to withdraw the case.

Former Minister Seneviratne stated that he was expelled from UNP in 2010 after he extended his support to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in order to pass the 18th Amendment to the constitution in Parliament. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Prof Warnapala is UPFA s new Gen. Secy.
Thursday, 27 August 2015 - 12:59 PM SL Time

Professor Vishwa Warnapala today assumed duties as the United People s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary after yesterday s resignation of former general secretary Susil Prmajayantha. Full Story     Post Reply To This

Second interim report to MS on Friday
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 - 10:06 AM SL Time

The second interim report of the Presidential Commission to Inquire into Complaints on Missing Persons will be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday, by Commission Chairman Maxwel Paranagama.

Meanwhile, a highly placed diplomatic source told Daily Mirror the government should present the Paranagama Commission report in Geneva to counter the allegations levelled at the Sri Lanka government and the armed forces personnel by pro-LTTE groups.
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MR won`t accept post of opposition leader
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 - 9:58 AM SL Time

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will give political leadership to the parties and groups with him, but will not accept the post of opposition leader in parliament and function as an ordinary MP, it is learnt.

It is learnt that his closed confidants had advised him not to accept such a post in parliament.

Meanwhile, the United National Party (UNP) has decided to reappoint its parliamenarian Lakshman Kiriella as the Leader of the House and parliamentarian Gayantha Karunatilake as Chief Government Whip. Full Story     Post Reply To This

No legal basis for an int`l investigation
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 - 10:01 AM SL Time

Asserting that there was no legal basis for an international investigation within Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that there should be a domestic inquiry into the alleged violations of human rights in Sri Lanka.

In an interview with India s The Hindu, the day after he assumed office, Mr. Wickremesinghe said that it should be a domestic inquiry as Sri Lanka wasn`t a signatory to the Statute of Rome.
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Don`t blame me for NL appointments: Susil
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 - 10:00 AM SL Time

Former UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said yesterday he was not involved nor consulted when selecting the party`s National List (NL) nominees for appointment to parliament.

He said as such it was unfair for the UPFA`s constituent parties or defeated UPFA members not appointed to parliament on the national list to critisise him.

Mr. Premajayantha said the enjoining order preventing him from functioning as UPFA General Secretary issued on August 14 was still valid and that it was not fair to criticise him without knowing the real situation.
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NFF to file action against Susil Premajayantha
Monday, 24 August 2015 - 9:37 AM SL Time

The National Freedom Front (NFF), a constituent party of the UPFA, today claimed that it would take legal action against former UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha for including defeated candidates in the party s national list replacing the original nominees.

NFF central working committee member Piyasiri Wijenayake, addressing a news conference at Abhayaramaya, said Mr. Premajayantha had violated the people s mandate given to the party at the general elections.

`We condemn this move and will file a lawsuit in court against Mr. Premajayantha,` he said. Mr. Wijenayake was also nominated by the UPFA in their National List but was not given an opportunity to enter parliament. Full Story     Post Reply To This

We`ll function as main opposition: TNA
Monday, 24 August 2015 - 9:35 AM SL Time

Selvam Adaikkalanathan, who was elected to parliament on the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) ticket said today his party intended to function as the main opposition in parliament.

He said the two main parties had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on forming a national unity government and therefore his party would be eligible to be the main opposition.

The TNA won 16 seats in parliament from the electoral districts in the North and East. Full Story     Post Reply To This

SLFP likely to break-up with UPFA
Monday, 24 August 2015 - 9:33 AM SL Time

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) headed by President Maitripala Sirisena and its newly appointed officials are contemplating the termination of its political affiliation with the United People s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), informed sources said yesterday.

The SLFP is the main constituent of the UPFA which was formed in 2004. Its other constituent parties are the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), Sri Lanka Mahajana Party (SLMP), Desavimukthi Janatha Party (DJP), the Eelam People s Democratic Party (EPDP) and the National Unity Alliance (NUA).
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UPFA finalises National list
Saturday, 22 August 2015 - 10:25 AM SL Time

The UPFA today finalised the party s National List had sent it the Elections Commissioner.

S.B. Dissanayake, Thilanga Sumathipala, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane and Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa had made it to parliament through the list.

Sarath Amunugama, Malith Jayathilake, Dilan Perera, Angajan Ramanathan, Faizer Musthapa, A.H.M. Fowzie and M.L.A.M. Hizbullah were the rest of the National List MPs of the UPFA Full Story     Post Reply To This

UNP and SLFP sign MoU
Saturday, 22 August 2015 - 10:19 AM SL Time

UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim and SLFP Acting General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake signed a MoU pledging to work together at the next parliament.

It was singed at the Presidential Secretariat soon after the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Full Story     Post Reply To This

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