Mannapperuma to replace Ranjan in parliament

Former State Minister Ajith Mannapperuma is to be appointed to fill the vacancy left by Ranjan Ramanayake, a senior election commission official said. He said the Parliament Secretary-General had informed the Election Commissioner yesterday about the vacant seat of former parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake. The Elections Commission informed the Gampaha District Returning Officer to name the […]

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Ready to don former role, says Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Opposition accuses President of threatening its legislator Calling on an increasingly vocal political Opposition to engage in “civilised politics without misleading the public”, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he was ready to don his former role as war-time Defence Secretary, a period that critics associate with repression and reprisals. According to a statement from […]

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What is the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, and why is it contentious?

After the Rajapaksas’ emphatic return to power, why has the spotlight fallen on this key legislation? The story so far: After the Rajapaksas’ win in the November 2019 presidential polls and the August 2020 general election, the spotlight has fallen on two key legislations in Sri Lanka’s Constitution. One, the 19th Amendment, that was passed in 2015 to curb powers of […]

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President achieves his vision in parliament: One country, one nation, it is a law in a country.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday stressed his Government’s expectation to create a prosperous nation. Only the present generation can realize this hope on behalf of future generations, he said. Delivering the policy statement of his Government at the inaugural session of the 9th Parliament yesterday, he said, “We have arrived at an important landmark in history. […]

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