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Post by nihal123 on Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:19 pm

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දේශපාලන අර්බුදය: දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය එජාපෙ ආණ්ඩුවකට සහය පළකරයි

ඔක්තෝබර් 26 වෙනි දිනට පෙර පැවති එක්සත් ජාතික පෙරමුණේ නායකත්වයෙන් යුතු ආණ්ඩුව යළි පිහිටුවීම සඳහා සහය පළකරන බව දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය පවසයි.

දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය ඒ බව පවසන්නේ බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා (නොවැම්බර් 29) සිය මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් 14 දෙනෙකුගේ අත්සන් සහිතව ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන වෙත යොමුකරන ලද ලිපියකිනි.

ජනාධිපතිවරයා නව අගමැතිවරයෙක් පත්කොට මාසයක් ගතවීමෙන් අනතුරුවත් තමන්ට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ බහුතර බලය තිබෙන බව සනාථ කිරීමට ඔහු සමත් වී නොමැති බව පෙන්වාදෙන දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්, පසුගිය නොවැම්බර් 14 සහ 16 දෙදින සම්මත වූ විශ්වාස භංග යෝජනා අනුව රටට අගමැතිවරයෙකු සහ කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයක් නොමැති තත්වයක් නිර්මාණය වූ බව ද පෙන්වා දෙති.

මේ තත්වය හමුවේ මාසයකට වැඩි කාලයක් තුළ රටෙහි රජයක් නොමැති තත්ත්වයක් මතුව ඇති බව ද එම ලිපියේ සඳහන්වේ.

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මෙම තත්ත්වය තවදුරටත් පැවතිය යුතු නැති බව තමුන් විශ්වාස කරන බවද දෙමළ ජාතික සංධානය ජනාධිපතිවරයා වෙත යොමු කළ ලිපියේ දැක්වේ.

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Post by The Invisible on Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:44 am

Sri Lanka president indicates ending power-struggle

ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena indicated a softening of his stance and agreed to end the constitutional deadlock by recognising the United National Party as being the largest single group to form a new government, official sources said.

Talks between him and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya ended on an optimistic note, the Speaker’s office said without giving details of their closed-door talks with the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.

Sirisena will have a round of talks with the leaders of the UNP an their allies on Friday before announcing a decision, officials said.

However, official sources said Sirisena accepted that Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) had the majority in parliament and therefore it should be recognised as the party with the first shot at forming a new administration.

Jayasuriya and Sirisena did not discuss the future of Wickremesinghe, the sources said adding that the two discussed the principle of accepting the party with the majority over Mahinda Rajapaksa’s purported government which has failed to prove its majority.

Sirisena’s own Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has walked back on his stand on Sunday that he will not reinstate Ranil Wickremesinghe in his life time after sacking him as prime minister on October 26.

SLFP seniors have taken pains to explain that Sirisena never meant never and thereby keeping the door open for accepting Wickremesinghe.

The UNP’s position was strengthened with the TNA pledging their 14 seats to restore the government that existed before October 26 when Sirisena shocked the world by sacking Wickremesinghe and appointing his former foe Mahinda Rajapaksa as a replacement.

For his part, Rajapaksa has vowed to stay on until the Supreme Court decides of the legality of Sirisena’s action in sacking the legislature on November 9. A court decision is likely on December 7.
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Sri Lanka king-maker Tamils back restoring UNF government

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's main minority party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Thursday asked President Maithripala Sirisena to restore the government that existed prior to October 26 saying they support Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government.

The TNA said their 14 members will support a government of the United National Front (UNF), but stopped short of demanding Wickremesinghe’s restoration, leaving it to the United National Party (UNP) dominated UNF.

The TNA in their letter to President Sirisena said the man he installed as prime minister on October 26, Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa had failed to prove his majority in the 225-member assembly for over a month.

The TNA said it was concerned about the debilitating power struggle in the country and urged Sirisena to resolve it without dragging it any further.

"We respectfully submit that this situation should not continue," said the TNA which has 14 seats in the 225-member legislature. "In the circumstances, the TNA will support the restoration of the government as it existed prior to October 26."

There was no immediate response from Sirisena to the TNA letter addressed to Sirisena and released to the press.

Sirisena told Colombo-based foreign correspondents on Sunday that he will not reinstate Wickremesinghe even if he proved a majority in the House.

There had been violent scenes in the legislature two weeks ago with Sirisena-Rajapakse loyalists throwing chairs and chilli powder at rivals in a failed bid to stop two no-confidence motions against their purported government.

Wickremesinghe's party has 103 MPs while Rajapakse and Sirisena together have 101.

However, with TNA's 14 backing Wickremesinghe, his party gets a comfortable 117, four seats more than the minimum required for an absolute majority in the 225-member assembly.

Sri Lanka's second largest minority, the Muslim community, is also supporting Wickremesinghe while six leftist MPs have said they will remain neutral.

Wickremesinghe's party scored another success Thursday voted overwhelmingly to block any spending by the prime minister's office now occupied by Rajapakse despite losing two no-confidence motions in the House.

Wickremesinghe has also refused to stand aside despite his controversial sacking last month.

The war-era strongman Rajapakse has doubled down and backed by Sirisena, has named a cabinet and assumed duties as head of a disputed government without parliamentary support.

"We propose to stop any spending because he is not holding the position of prime minister legally," said Ravi Karunanayake, a legislator from Wickremesinghe's party told parliament Thursday..

"This is a rogue government and parliament will take back control of finances through this motion."

It worsens matters for the purported government headed by Rajapakse, which has been unable to present a budget for 2019 and risks entering the new year without parliamentary approval for any new spending.

Moody's recently downgraded Sri Lanka's credit rating amid warnings the island could default on its considerable foreign debt.

Meanwhile, two MPs defected from the Sirisena-Rajapakse faction on Thursday to Wickremesinghe's camp, dealing a further blow to the ailing government unable to stamp its authority since last month. (COLOMBO, November 29, 2018)
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Post by nihal123 on Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:46 am

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අලූත් අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයෙකු පිළිබද මේ වනවිට දේශපාලන කරලියේ කතාබහක් මතුව ඇතැයි දේශපාලන ආරංචිමාර්ග සදහන් කරනවා. ඒ සඳහා එක්සත් ජාතික පෙරමුණ පාර්ශවයෙන් නම් 3 ක් යෝජනා වී ඇති බවයි වාර්තා වන්නේ. තිලක් මාරපන, රංජිත් මද්දුම බණ්ඩාර සහ රාජිත සේනාරත්න යන පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්තී‍්‍රවරුන්ගේ නම් ඒ අතරට අයත්.

රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතාට යළි අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍ය ධුරය ලබා නොදෙන බව ජනාධිපති මෛතී‍්‍රපාල සිරිසේන මහතා මීට පෙර අවධාරණය කළා. කෙසේවෙතත් රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ හැර එම පෙරමුණේ හෝ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂයේ හෝ වෙනත් කිසිදු මන්තී‍්‍රවරයෙකු මේ මොහොතේ අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍ය ධුරය සදහා නම් නොකිරීමටයි එක්සත් ජාතික පෙරමුණේ පාර්ලිමේන්තු කණ්ඩායම ඉකුත්දා ඒකමතිකව තීරණය කළේ.

කිසිවෙකුත් අපේක්‍ෂා නොකරන පුද්ගලයෙකු අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍ය ධුරය සදහා යෝජනා විය හැකි බව එක්සත් ජනතා නිදහස් සන්ධාන පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්තී‍්‍ර ලක්‍ෂ්මන් යාපා අබේවර්ධන ඊයේ ප‍්‍රකාශ කළේ මේ අතරතුරයි.

පුද්ගලිකව කිසියම් අයෙකුට ජනාධිපති සහ අගමැති ධුරයන් පිළිබදව ආශාවන් ඇතිවීමට ඉඩක් ඇතත් අදාළ ධුරයන්ට යායුතු වන්නේ නිසි ක‍්‍රමවේදයකින් බව එක්සත් ජාතික පක්‍ෂ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්තී‍්‍ර සජිත් පේ‍්‍රමදාස ඊයේ ප‍්‍රකාශ කළා.

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Post by The Invisible on Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:17 am

Sri Lanka President seeks exit strategy as Mahinda fails majority test

ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena appeared to have softened his hardline position and was seeking a face-saving exit from the political crisis of his making, according to legislators who had closed-door talks with him.

The president was acutely aware of the consequences should the Supreme Court this week hold that his November 9 sacking of parliament was illegal, a Tamil legislator at talks on Friday evening said.

The Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan assured Sirisena that the minority party, which commands 14 crucial seats and holds the balance of power in parliament will not support an impeachment.

However, an adverse ruling from the highest court could be the basis to institute criminal proceedings against both Sirisena and the entire bureaucracy, legislators had indicated to the President.

The immunity of the president from prosecution applies only while he is in office and as set out by a Supreme Court ruling in 1999 (SC 509/98), anyone carrying out his illegal orders can be criminally prosecuted along with him.

“These matters were explained to the President during the talks and he was also shown a way out to act immediately before the Supreme Court pronouncement which could happen on the 7th or thereabouts,” an MP at the talks said.

SLFP’s S. B. Dissanayake has publicly asked Sirisena to withdraw his controversial gazette notification that is now challenged before the Supreme Court. However, there was a doubt if the president could rescind the parliament dissolution gazette.

Should the Supreme Court hold against the November 9 shock sacking of the parliament, exactly two weeks after Mahinda Rajapaksa was named to replace deposed prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sirisena and his officials could become liable for a criminal prosecution.

Paragraph 115 of the Penal Code deals with conspiracy against the sovereignty of the people and is punishable with a 20 year jail term.

“Whoever conspires to commit any of the offences (against the state), or to deprive the people of the Republic of Sri Lanka of their sovereignty in Sri Lanka or any part thereof, or conspires to overawe, by means of criminal force or the show of criminal force, any of the organs of Government, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description which may extend to twenty years, and shall also be liable to fine,” according to the Penal Code.

Meanwhile, the TNA delegation spoke with Sirisena in Tamil. Veteran parliament interpreter M. K. Rahulan translated for the president. With TNA’s M. A. Sumanthiran also fluent in Sinhala they made sure that nothing was lost in translation, the MP said.

He said the talks started nearly two hours behind schedule, but they went off well with Sirisena dropping his insistence that he will never reinstate Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister even if his United National Party (UNP) and their allies commanded a majority.

“Earlier, he told us that he will never make Ranil the PM, but today his position was that it would be difficult for him to work with Ranil,” the lawmaker said adding that they noted a marked climb down by Sirisena.

Fresh NCM

Sirisena acknowledge that his prime minister candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa did not command a majority in the House. He has already lost two no-confidence motions as well as his statement to parliament on November 15 was also rejected.

In addition, the UNP and like-minded parties have also passed two resolutions cutting off funding for the Prime Minister’s office and members of the disputed cabinet.

Sirisena has called for a fifth vote, this time in the form of another NCM to be decided by name on December 5 when parliament meets next.

“Such a resolution is already in the order book and can be taken up for a vote on Wednesday without suspending the Standing Orders,” the MP said.

However, the UNP legislators who met Sirisena after the TNA said their talks ended in a deadlock, but agreed to meet again on Sunday.

The UNP did not see any fresh ideas from the president to resolve the crisis and suspected if he was trying to buy time hoping that a delay will allow Rajapaksa more time to engineer defections.

However, five votes in parliament, two of them through the electronic voting system, has made it clear that those opposed the purported government were in the majority.

Sirisena had initially prorogued parliament for 20 days saying he wanted to give Rajapaksa to prepare a full appropriation bill for 2019. Instead, the country is now looking down an economic precipice with no sign of a budget.

Political prisoners

During the talks with the TNA, the president promised he will hold a meeting with the Attorney General on December 3 to discuss the issue of releasing Tamil detainees numbering over 100 who are languishing in jail for long periods without any charges brought against them.

He also pledged to support a draft constitution that envisages a greater degree of autonomy for the minority Tamil community, but legislators said they did not pin much hopes on that given Sirisena’s track record. (COLOMBO, December 1, 2018)
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Post by The Invisible on Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:18 am

Sri Lanka President delays talks with UNF

ECONOMYNEXT - A discussion with Sri Lanka's United National Front with President Maithripala Sirisena aimed a resolving a political crisis triggered by the sudden appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister had been delayed for Monday, as legal challenges mount.

Sri Lanka's United National Front had nominated ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to be re-appointed, but President Sirisena had said he cannot work with him but is willing to appoint someone else from alliance.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had ruled that Sri Lanka does not have a Prime Minister or Cabinet after Rajapaksa lost multiple votes of no-confidence in parliament.

President Rajapaska has also not left office and is calling for a general election.

Parliament has voted to cut funds for his office and also the pay and expenses of disputed ministers.
Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal is due to hear a case where the legality of the purported ministers have been questioned on Monday.

Later in the week, the Supreme Court will start hearing a case against a dissolution of parliament by President, which has since been suspended. (Colombo/Dec3/2018)
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Post by The Invisible on Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:10 pm

Sri Lanka Supreme Court case against PM changes re-fixed for Dec29

ECONOMYNEXT - A legal challenge to the disputed sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe by President Maithripala Sirisena which was take up before the Supreme court Monday will be taken up on December 29, with a similar case.

Oshala Herath, a former official attached to the President Maithripala Sirisena's filed the case saying his fundamental rights were infringed.

Justices Priyantha Jayawardena, Prasanna Jayawardena and Vijith Malalgoda re-fixed the case to be heard with a similar case filed by Dabara Amila thero, a Buddhist monk, lawyers said.

Niranjan de Silva appeared for Herath, Viran Corea or Wickremesinghe and M A Sumanthiran for R Sampathan.

Later this week, the Supreme Court will hear a case against the dissolution of parliament by President Sirisena. (Colombo/Nov03/2018)
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Post by The Invisible on Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:14 pm

Sri Lanka Quo Warranto case for possible order at 3.00 pm

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal has adjourned for deliberations in a case challenging the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister till 3.0 pm, when there was a possibility of an order being made.

The petitioners have sought a writ of Quo Warranto asking Rajapaksa to give reasons why he should remain in office, despite losing no faith motions in parliament.

They have also asked for interim relief, suspending his appointment and that of ministers.
Court could decide to grant a writ, an interim order or both, deny or continue the case, lawyers said.

Counsel for the Petitioners said the purported Prime Minister and Ministers were usurpers who had put the country in crisis and had 'raped' it.

If a father rapes the child, will father be given custody of the child?, counsel asked.

Lawyers for the petitioners argued that the Hansard produced to show no confidence motions was not the final edited version and orders should not be made on a 'draft' Hansard. There was time till tomorrow to submit corrections. (Colombo/Dec03/2018)
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Post by The Invisible on Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:02 pm

Sri Lanka court blocks Rajapaksa from acting as PM

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal has retraining disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and cabinet from acting in office saying the damage done locally and internationally may not be reversible.

The court also issued a so-called writ of Quo Warranto on Rajapaksa and a disputed a cabinet of minister, requiring him to justify his staying in office in a case to be heard on December 12.

"Damage done locally and internationally may not be reversible," court said. "Respondents argument that if interim is granted, country will become worse with no PM or government is not different from current situation."

The petitioners also sought an interim order from the Court of Appea, suspending him from carrying out the duties of a Prime Minister

Counsel for the Petitioners said the purported Prime Minister and Ministers were usurpers who had put the country in crisis and had 'raped' the nation.

If a father rapes the child, will father be given custody of the child?, counsel asked.

Lawyers for the petitioners argued that the Hansard produced to show no confidence motions was not the final edited version and orders should not be made on a 'draft' Hansard.
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Post by nihal123 on Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:03 pm

Thanks Invi
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Post by Ethical Trader on Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:10 pm

Thanks Invi. Hats off the judiciary!
The Invisible wrote:Sri Lanka court blocks Rajapaksa from acting as PM

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal has retraining disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and cabinet from acting in office saying the damage done locally and internationally may not be reversible.

The court also issued a so-called writ of Quo Warranto on Rajapaksa and a disputed a cabinet of minister, requiring him to justify his staying in office in a case to be heard on December 12.

"Damage done locally and internationally may not be reversible," court said. "Respondents argument that if interim is granted, country will become worse with no PM or government is not different from current situation."

The petitioners also sought an interim order from the Court of Appea, suspending him from carrying out the duties of a Prime Minister

Counsel for the Petitioners said the purported Prime Minister and Ministers were usurpers who had put the country in crisis and had 'raped' the nation.

If a father rapes the child, will father be given custody of the child?, counsel asked.

Lawyers for the petitioners argued that the Hansard produced to show no confidence motions was not the final edited version and orders should not be made on a 'draft' Hansard.
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Post by ruwan326 on Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:31 pm

Ethical Trader wrote:Thanks Invi. Hats off the judiciary!
The Invisible wrote:Sri Lanka court blocks Rajapaksa from acting as PM

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal has retraining disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and cabinet from acting in office saying the damage done locally and internationally may not be reversible.

The court also issued a so-called writ of Quo Warranto on Rajapaksa and a disputed a cabinet of minister, requiring him to justify his staying in office in a case to be heard on December 12.

"Damage done locally and internationally may not be reversible," court said. "Respondents argument that if interim is granted, country will become worse with no PM or government is not different from current situation."

The petitioners also sought an interim order from the Court of Appea, suspending him from carrying out the duties of a Prime Minister

Counsel for the Petitioners said the purported Prime Minister and Ministers were usurpers who had put the country in crisis and had 'raped' the nation.

If a father rapes the child, will father be given custody of the child?, counsel asked.

Lawyers for the petitioners argued that the Hansard produced to show no confidence motions was not the final edited version and orders should not be made on a 'draft' Hansard.



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Post by nihal123 on Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:36 pm

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දේශපාලන අර්බුදය: අභියාචනාධිකරණ නියෝගය ගැන ජනපති සිරිසේන, මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ සහ රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ

මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ඇතුළු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් 49 දෙනෙකු අගමැති හෝ අමාත්‍ය පදවි දැරීම වළක්වාලමින් අභියාචනාධිකරණය නිකුත් කළ අතුරු තහනම් නියෝගය පිළිනොගන්නා බව මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ පවසයි.

එම අතුරු තහනම් නියෝගයට එරෙහිව අඟහරුවාදා ආරම්භක පැයේදීම ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය වෙත අභියාචනයක් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීම පිණිස කටයුතු කරමින් සිටින බව ද මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මන්ත්‍රීවරයා නිකුත් කළ නිවේදනයක සඳහන් වේ.

"ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාව අර්ථ නිරූපනය කිරීමේ සහ ඊට අදාල අවසානාත්මක තීන්දු තීරණ ගැනීමේ පරම අයිතිය ව්‍යවස්ථානුකූලව පැවරී ඇත්තේ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණයට බව අපි නැවතත් අවධාරණය කරන්නෙමු," යනුවෙන් ද එම නිවේදනයේ වැඩිදුරටත් දැක්වේ.

'අගමැතිවරයෙක් නෑ'
මේ අතර අභියාචනාධිකරණය තහනම් නියෝගයක් නිකුත් කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව රටේ අගමැතිවරයෙකු හෝ අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩලයක් නොමැති බැවින් ඉදිරි පැය 24 ඇතුළත ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අවශ්‍ය පියවර ගන්නා බව ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන පවසා තිබේ.

අධිකරණ නියෝගය නිකුත්වීමෙන් අනතුරුව දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානයේ නායකත්වය මුණගැසුණු අවස්ථාවේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා ඒ බව සඳහන් කළයි දෙමළ ජාතික සන්ධානය නිකුත්කළ ට්විටර් පණිවුඩයක දැක්වේ.

අතුරු තහනම් නියෝගය පිළිබඳ ප්‍රතිචාරය පළකරමින් එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂයේ නායක රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ මන්ත්‍රීවරයා පවසන්නේ, "තනි පුද්ගලයන්ගේ අවශ්‍යතාවලට වඩා ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී ආයතන ජයග්‍රහණය කිරීම යහපාලන න්‍යායපත්‍රයේ උරුමයක්," බවය.

තවදුරටත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පුරවැසියන්ගේ ස්වෛරීභාවය ආරක්ෂා කිරීම වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටින අතර, ඕනෑම මොහොතක රටේ ව්‍යවස්ථාවට අනුකූලව පවත්වන නීත්‍යානුකූල මැතිවරණයකට පෙනී සිටීමට සූදානම් බව ද රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ සිය ට්විටර් පණිවුඩයේ සඳහන් කර තිබුණි

අතුරු තහනම් නියෝගය ප්‍රකාශයට පත්කරමින් විනිසුරු ප්‍රීති පද්මන් සූරසේන, පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සමස්ත සාමාජිකයින් 225 දෙනාගෙන් එකසිය විසි දෙදෙනෙකු එම පෙත්සම හරහා අධිකරණයට හමුවට පැමිණ ඇති බව පෙන්වා දුන්නේය.

මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ඇතුළු වගඋත්තරකාර අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩල සාමාජිකයින්ට එරෙහිව විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනා දෙකක් සම්බන්ධ වී ඇති බවට අධිකරණය හමුවේ කරුණු ඉදිරිපත් වී ඇති බවත් ඒ අනුව ඔවුන් එම තනතුරු තවදුරටත් දරන්නේ කුමන පදනමක් යටතේ ද යන්න පිළිබඳව ගැටලු සහගත වී ඇති බවත් විනිසුරුවරයා පෙන්වා දුන්නේය.

මෙම තත්වය හමුවේ දේශීයව සහ ජාත්‍යන්තරව රටකට සිදුවිය හැකි අගතිය එම නඩු විභාගයේ දී අධිකරණයේ සැලකිල්ලට භාජනය වී ඇති බව සඳහන් කළ විනිසුරු සූරසේන, ඒ අනුව එම අතුරු නියෝගය නිකුත් කරන බවත් සඳහන් කළේය.

එමෙන්ම අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ඇතුළු අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩල සාමාජිකයින් තම තනතුරු දරන්නේ කුමන නීතිමය බලාධිකාරියක් යටතේද යන්න අධිකරණය හමුවේ පැහැදිලි කළ යුතු බව ද විනිසුරුවරු සඳහන් කළහ.

මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ඇතුළු කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයට අතුරු තහනමක්
මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂට එරෙහි පෙත්සම "ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරන්න"
අභියාචනාධිකරණ නියෝගය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ප්‍රතිචාරය දක්වන ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ සාලිය පීරිස්, පොදු යහපත සම්බන්ධ නඩු විභාග සම්බන්ධයෙන් පමණක් නොව අපරාධ විමර්ශන සම්බන්ධයෙන් ද ගතව ගිය සති කීපය තුළ ඉතා ශක්තිමත් අධිකරණයක් දක්නට ලැබුණු බව සඳහන් කරයි.

එය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ "නීතියේ ආධිපත්‍යය සහ අධිකරණයේ ස්වාධීනත්වය අගයන සියලු දෙනාට සාඩම්බර මොහොතක්" බවද ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ සාලිය පීරිස් ට්විටර් පණිවුඩයක සඳහන් කර තිබුණි.

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එමෙන්ම "අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ අතුරු නියෝගය කට එරෙහිව අභියාචනයක් ඉදිරිපත් කළ පමණින් එය බලාත්මක වීම නවතින්නේ නැත. ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය විසින් අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ අතුරු නියෝගයක් අත්හිටවන තුරු එය වලංගුව පවතී," යනුවෙන් ද ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ සාලිය පීරිස් සඳහන් කරයි.

පෙත්සම්කාර පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරු කියා සිටින්නේ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ බහුතර මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ගේ සහයෝගය නොමැති අතර, ඒ බව කතානායකවරයා විසින් ද තහවුරු කර ඇති බවය.

මේ හේතුවෙන් ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ ප්‍රතිපාදන ප්‍රකාරව මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂට අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ධුරය දැරීමට නීත්‍යානුකූල හිමිකමක් නොමැති බවට තීන්දු කොට ඔහුගේ සහ ඔහුගේ අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩලයේ පත්වීම බල රහිත කිරීමේ ආඥාවක් නිකුත් කරන මෙන් ද පෙත්සම්කරුවන් අභියාචනාධිකරණයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිති.

පෙත්සමේ වගඋත්තරකරුවකු ලෙස නම් කර සිටින මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ ගාමිණී මාරපන ඉකුත් සිකුරාදා කරුණු දක්වමින්, පෙත්සම්කරුවන් විසින් සඳහන් කරනු ලබන විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාව විධිමත් ආකාරයට සම්මත වී නොමැති බව කියා සිටියේය.

එබැවින් මෙම පෙත්සම් විභාගයට නොගෙන නිෂ්ප්‍රභ කරන මෙන්ද ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ මාරපන අධිකරණයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියේය.

මතු වී පවතින තත්වය ගැන බීබීසී සිංහල සේවය විමසීමක් කළ අවස්ථාවේ කොළඹ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ නීති පීඨයේ කථිකාචාර්ය ජනාධිපති නීතීඥ ප්‍රසන්ත ලාල් ද අල්විස් කියා සිටියේ,මීට පෙරාතුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ මෙවැනි වාතාවරණයක් මතු වී නොමැති බැවින් මේ අවස්ථාවේ තමන්ට පළ කළ හැක්කේ මතයක් පමණක් බවය.

ඒ අනුව මේ අවස්ථාවේ ජනාධිපතිවරයාට ගත හැකි ක්‍රියාමාර්ග කිහිපයක් පවතින අතර, රටේ අගමැතිවරයෙකු සහ කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයක් නොමැති බැවින් නව අගමැතිවරයෙකු සහ අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩලයක් පත්කිරීම ඒ අතරින් පළමුවැනි විකල්පය බව ද ජනාධිපති නීතිඥ ප්‍රසන්ත ලාල් ද අල්විස් පෙන්වා දුන්නේය.

තවත් කියවන්න:https://www.bbc.com/sinhala/sri-lanka-46427191
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Rajapaksa to appeal suspension from disputed PM office

ECONOMYNEXT - Mahinda Rajapaksa said he will go to Sri Lanka's highest court Tuesday after the Court of Appeal suspended him from acting in the office of Prime Minister in a continuing political crisis in the island.

"We do not agree with the interim order of the court of appeal," Rajapaksa said in a statement. "We will appeal this in the Supreme Court first hour tomorrow. We are working on this now."

"Interpreting the constitution and giving final decisions is the role of the Supreme Court."

Rajapaksa said in a battle to bring political stability the people should dedicate themselves to holding a general election.

Two judges who were appointed by Rajapaksa are sitting in the second bench tomorrow, with a 7-judge bench hearing a challenge to the dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena, legal sources said.

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court is short of two judges with President Maithripala Sirisena yet to confirm judges approved by an independent Constitutional Council to fill two vacancies.

To hear a case on a special leave to appeal at least three judges are needed, lawyers said. (Colombo/Dec03/2018)
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President should act, after Sri Lanka makes Commonwealth history: legislator

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena should appoint a Prime Minister after courts made Commonwealth history by restraining a disputed appointments, a senior lawyer and legislator said.

Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal halted Mahinda Rajapaksa from acting as Prime Minister and misters and deputy ministers in their posts.

"In commonwealth history for the first time a court has restricted the functioning of a purported government with quo warranto through an interim order," M A Sumanthiran, a legislator who is representing the Tamil National Alliance said.

"Now the president should be cognizant of the fact that two no confidence motions were passed and appoint a Prime Minister which is his constitutional duty."

There was no immediate reaction from President Sirisena or Rajapaksa.

But Chandima Weerakkody, a legistor loyal to Rajapaksa said they will respect the court decision.
"We will accept the appeal court's decision," he said.

"And we will continue to push for elections through the people"
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What Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal order means

ECONOMYNEXT – The Court of Appeal order restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa and his purported ministers of holding public office has effectively compounded problems for the political authority of President Maithripala Sirisena.

This is what the writ issued against Rajapaksa and his disputed cabinet means on a day-to-day basis.

1) Mahinda Rajapaksa will not be able to exercise any authority as Prime Minister

2) The Prime Minister’s office at Flower Road will be out of bounds for Rajapaksa.

3) He cannot function as finance minister.

4) President Sirisena cannot hold any cabinet meetings with “ministers’ appointed after October 26.

5) The disputed ministers will have no authority, cannot go to their offices.

6) Disputed State ministers have no authority, and cannot go to their offices.
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President hardens stand against sacked PM

ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday insisted that he will not reinstate his sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe despite another setback to him in his bitter power struggle that has left the country without a government.

What was billed as crisis talks to end a five-week old constitutional crisis, Sirisena took up his hard-line stance against Wickremesinghe, three days after indicating that he had softened his stand.

United National Party (UNP) lawmakers said the talks which were postponed from Sunday and held Monday did not yield any results and the deadlock continued.

“The talks were a failure,” UNP MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told reporters. “The president insisted that he will not make Ranil Wickremesinghe the prime minister even if 225 MPs support him.”

Previously, the President had said he will not reinstate Wickremesinghe in his lifetime, but by Friday mellowed and indicated that he may make him the premier even though he immensely disliked him.

Sirisena held onto a hard-line stance even as the Court of Appeal issued an interim order blocking Rajapakse exercising the powers of the prime minister until a determination of the case filed by 122 MPs.

Official sources said that in the absence of a breakthrough, it was increasingly looking like the UNP will have to move an impeachment for which they do not have the required 150 votes in parliament.

The UNP has mustered 123 in the 225-member assembly. The Tamil National Alliance which hold 14 seats have said they will not support an impeachment. However, Sirisena’s intransigence could sway the TNA which means the UNP will have to look for another 27 MPs from the SLFP to topple Sirisena.

(COLOMBO, December 3, 2018)
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Rajapaksa to appeal suspension from disputed PM office

ECONOMYNEXT - Mahinda Rajapaksa said he will go to Sri Lanka's highest court Tuesday after the Court of Appeal suspended him from acting in the office of Prime Minister in a continuing political crisis in the island.

"We do not agree with the interim order of the court of appeal," Rajapaksa said in a statement. "We will appeal this in the Supreme Court first hour tomorrow. We are working on this now."

"Interpreting the constitution and giving final decisions is the role of the Supreme Court."

Rajapaksa said in a battle to bring political stability the people should dedicate themselves to holding a general election.

Two judges who were appointed by Rajapaksa are sitting in the second bench tomorrow, with a 7-judge bench hearing a challenge to the dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena, legal sources said.

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court is short of two judges with President Maithripala Sirisena yet to confirm judges approved by an independent Constitutional Council to fill two vacancies.

To hear a case on a special leave to appeal at least three judges are needed, lawyers said. (Colombo/Dec03/2018)
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Sri Lanka elections after constitutional govt: UNF

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka has to re-establish a constitutional government before holding elections, United National Front, the largest party in parliament has said.

United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said an election can be held if all parties agree under the constitutional process.

"We are not afraid of elections," Wickremesinghe told reporters. "First there has to be a lawful government. Only the UNF has a majority. Secondly all the parties must agree."

Mahinda Rajapaksa whose disputed appointment plunged Sri Lanka into a political and economic crisis has called for an election to resolve a political deadlock.

Sri Lanka's court of appeal has barred Rajapaksa, who has suffered multiple no confidence motions in parliament, from acting in office until a hearing in concluded later this month.

Wickremesinghe said Adolf Hitler and some dictators had by passed the constitution and had elections.

"We are not going to allow anyone to by-pass the constitution," Wickremesinghe said.

Under a 19th amendment to Sri Lanka's constitution parliament, brought to trim Presidential powers, the can be dissolved only after 4.5 year or with the agreement of more than two thirds of legislators.
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President says will respect court rulings, slams Ranil

ECONOMYNEXT - President Maithripala Sirisena said Sri Lanka's political crisis will end in seven days and he will respect court decisions as two of the highest courts in the land gave interim ruling against his actions.

"I will respect court rulings," President Sirisena said addressing a meeting of his Sri Lanka Freedom Party members without specifying how.

"But people in the country have various views on the judiciary."

He said some were hailing the judiciary for being independent, others were saying courts were partisan and yet others were saying they were doing the job of others, drawing a comparison with Buddhist monks.

But he said the ongoing political crisis will end in 7 days without specifying how.

A Supreme Court hearing on President Sirisena's dissolution of Parliament is due to be heard at least until December 07, while a Court of Appeal case will be heard from December 12.

Sirisena said the entire crisis was triggered by United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who was not suited for Sri Lanka.

He said Wickremesighe destroyed the UNP, the country.

"And to some extent he has destroyed me," President Sirisena said.

He said he will never appoint Wickremesinghe Prime Minister even if all 225 members of the parliament asked him to.
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American Chamber in Sri Lanka calls for swift settlement to political crisis

ECONOMYNEXT - The American Chamber of Commerce has called for a swift settlement to a political crisis in Sri Lanka.

The Chamber said the crisis is worrying potential investors and was sending a worrying signal domestic and internationally.

The Chamber called on all concerned to "collaborate towards a national interest and for a swift settlement to be reached in the best interest of the country and its economy."

AmCham promotes investments by US firms and supports ongoing business by its members between Sri Lanka and US. (Colombo/Dec05/2018)
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President snipes at courts

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena launched a thinly veiled criticism of the country’s judiciary after it delivered landmark judgements frustrating his moves to sack parliament and install what the largest party in parliament calls a "rogue government."

In his first public reference to the conduct of the courts, Sirisena told a convention of his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) that many people had reservations about the recent conduct of courts.

He began saying that he would respect any decision of the courts, but later went on to say that “a section of the people” suspected that the judiciary was partisan.

“Some people think the judiciary is neutral and independent. Another section feels that they are one-sided and partisan.”

He said another section thought that the courts had exceed their authority. And Sirisena illustrated his point by saying that pronouncements of the courts were similar to a “sermon by an ordinary monk instead of the chief priest of the particular sect.”

He also indirectly questioned why the courts had given interim orders that had gone against him.

The Supreme Court on November 13 issued an order suspending the president’s dissolution of parliament and the case is currently being heard with a decision expected by about Friday.

Similarly the Court of Appeal suspended Mahinda Rajapaksa exercising the powers of the prime minister until a final hearing against his controversial appointment to the high office by Sirisena on October 26.

“There have been interim orders, but these are not murders, robberies or rapes,” Sirisena said clearly unhappy with the recent developments.

President Maithripala Sirisena said Sri Lanka's political crisis will end in seven days and he will respect court decisions as two of the highest courts in the land gave interim ruling against his actions.

"I will respect court rulings," President Sirisena said addressing a meeting of his Sri Lanka Freedom Party members without specifying how.

"But people in the country have various views on the judiciary."

Crisis to end in a week

Sirisena pledged that the ongoing political crisis will end in seven days. He did not elaborate.

A Supreme Court hearing on President Sirisena's dissolution of Parliament is due to be heard at least until December 7, while a Court of Appeal case will be heard from December 12.

Sirisena said the entire crisis was triggered by United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who was not suited to Sri Lanka.

He said Wickremesinghe destroyed the UNP, the country.

"And to some extent he has destroyed me," President Sirisena said.

He said he will never appoint Wickremesinghe Prime Minister even if all 225 members of the parliament asked him to do so. (COLOMBO, December 4, 2018)
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Supreme Court extends parliament dissolution order

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has extended a suspension of a contested dissolution of parliament till Saturday, giving more time for lawyers to argue the case.

A 7-judge bench is hearing several petitions challenging the dissolution of parliament, which they argue is against the constitutions.

On Thursday the respondents made their representations.

The counsel for Udaya Gammanpila said those opposition to the dissolution of parliament appears to be the work of foreign forces who want to make Sri Lanka a failed state.
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President delivers financial blow to hotels

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has decreed that private hotels should not be used for state functions amid speculation that tourist industry officials were planning to boycott and event he was to attend Friday.

President Sirisena was expected to be chief guest at Sri Lanka Tourism Awards ceremony at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo organized by the Sri Lanka tourism development agency which was being held after a break of six years. But he did not turn up.

Earlier in the week there was speculation that some participants had decided to boycott the event, which was denied by the tourism authority.

"Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority strongly refuses the allegations made by a website stating that tourism industry leaders have decided to boycott Sri Lanka Tourism Awards tomorrow as President Maithripala Sirisena has been invited as the Chief Guest," the agency said in a facebook post.

"The awards ceremony being the national event to recognize the valuable contributions made by individuals and organizations for the development of Tourism Industry in Sri Lanka, SLTDA is of the opinion that it is best to invite the Head of State amidst the prevailing situation."

President Sirisena plunged Sri Lanka into a political crisis on October 26, with the sudden appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister. He has since been suspended by courts.

Statutory Boards and all state agencies have been prohibited from using private and luxury hotels for state function by a circular issued on December 06, a statement from the President's office said.

There are many auditoriums and state agencies which could be used for state functions and meetings and it was a waste of money to hold functions in luxury hotels, the statement said.

The ban and loss of government business for hoteliers is coming amid complaints that some meeting and incentive travel events planned for Sri Lanka had been cancelled or delayed after a political crisis.

Arrivals for November however were up 17 percent with strong growth in the UK and Indian markets. (Colombo/Dec06/2018)
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