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China debt worries grow in Sri Lanka as ex-president regains clout
China debt worries grow in Sri Lanka as ex-president regains clout

Sri Lanka is poised to become even more indebted to Beijing with the return of pro-China ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after his newly formed Sri Lanka People's Front won a landslide victory at Saturday's local government elections. The victory for the party could see Sri Lanka flip back into the arms of China, Rajapaksa's favorite lender and builder. The current…

Nikkei - Feb 16 15:18 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SriLanka, Elections, China ]

Had Mahinda Rajapaksa run for president on 10 Feb, he would have lost
Had Mahinda Rajapaksa run for president on 10 Feb, he would have lost

Few would have predicted the results of Sri Lanka’s local government elections in 2018. With the benefit of hindsight, we must now try to understand what happened and why. There are three lessons to be learnt from the results – one lesson for voters, one for the coalition Government, and one for Mahinda Rajapaksa himself.The local government elections of 2018 will…

FT - Feb 13 17:17 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, Elections ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • SLFP, UNP avert split, plan reshuffle

    SLFP, UNP avert split, plan reshuffle

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have agreed to reshuffle the Cabinet, ending days of uncertainty over their coalition government’s future after a recent local poll debacle. The two leaders met late on Wednesday night. The discussions were “positive”, according to a top source present at the meeting. The source…

    Hindu - Feb 15 13:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Colombo, Elections ]

  • No Lankan will be sent to electric chair - President

    No Lankan will be sent to electric chair - President

    No Sri Lankan will be sent to the electric chair during my tenure, assured President Maithripala Sirisena. The President was addressing UPFA supporters at a rally held in Hakmana last evening. The President gave this assurance in response to the fear allayed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa while attending a television programme the previous day ‘that he…

    CDN - Feb 12 17:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Elections, WarCrimes ]

  • Several SLFP Ministers Start Talks With UNP While Some Plan To Sit In Opposition: SLFP Heading Towards Natural Death?

    Several SLFP Ministers Start Talks With UNP While Some Plan To Sit In Opposition: SLFP Heading Towards Natural Death?

    Several Cabinet Ministers representing the SLFP have expressed willingness to join the UNP, sources within the UNP confirmed, a short while ago. This comes in the wake of a landslide defeat suffered by the SLFP at the Local Government polls. It is learnt that these Ministers are not willing to join the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramun, mainly due to personal reasons. …

    Asian Mirror - Feb 12 17:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Elections ]

  • I take full responsibility: President

    I take full responsibility: President

    President Maithripala Sirisena has told SLFP ministers who met him yesterday that he would introduce far reaching changes to the government following the LG polls results in the days to come. “I take full responsibility for the SLFP’s electoral setback. The people of the country have voted for a change and I will respond positively to their message and…

    Daily Mirror - Feb 12 16:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Elections ]

  • Election Losses Test Sri Lanka’s Leader, and the Country’s Direction

    Election Losses Test Sri Lanka’s Leader, and the Country’s Direction

    Both governing parties were in soul-searching mode, struggling to figure out their next moves and make changes in time to make sure Mr. Rajapaksa’s party does not ride discontent with the government to victory in the presidential election in 2019. Coalition members were clear that both ruling parties were facing a wave that would be difficult to reverse. Members…

    NYT - Feb 12 16:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Elections ]

  • Lanka local polls crucial for Sirisena govt

    Lanka local polls crucial for Sirisena govt

    Some 15.8 million Sri Lankans will vote in the country’s third tier elections on February 10, 2018 to chose 8,293 members to 341 local bodies, namely 24 municipal councils, 41 urban councils and 276 pradeshiya sabhas or divisional councils. A mixed electoral system will be followed wherein 60 per cent of the members will be elected on a ‘first-past-the-post’…

    Business Line - Feb 07 14:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Elections ]

  • China's shadow looms large in Sri Lanka local election

    China\'s shadow looms large in Sri Lanka local election

    On Feb.10, Sri Lankans will go to the polls to vote for their local representatives. But the outcome of these village elections will have much wider repercussions as they will ultimately determine if China will play a bigger role in Sri Lanka's development. The battle for Sri Lanka's heartlands is being fought out by the country's twice defeated pro-China former…

    Nikkei - Feb 02 19:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Elections, China ]

  • Postal voting begins in nine districts

    Postal voting begins in nine districts

    Postal voting for local government bodies began in nine districts today. Commissioner General of Elections, Director General Elections, R.M.A.L. Rathnayake speaking to Daily News explained that they had sent ballot papers for postal voting in the districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Mannar, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa. In addition to those, they had also…

    CDN - Jan 12 20:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Elections ]

  • Piragal Thiru to Seek Provincial Liberal Nomination in Upcoming Scarborough-Rouge River By-election

    Piragal Thiru to Seek Provincial Liberal Nomination in Upcoming Scarborough-Rouge River By-election

    Experienced community organizer and public servant Piragal Thiru announced today his intention to seek the nomination of the Ontario Liberal Party in Scarborough-Rouge River. “I consider it a great privilege to be able to put forward my candidacy to represent a riding that is home to so many hard working Ontarians”, said Thiru. “Scarborough-Rouge River is a…

    Piragalthiru.com - Mar 24 10:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Canada, Elections ]

  • Sri Lanka: Ready to shed all differences with UNP, says Sirisena

    Days after Sri Lanka formed its first unity government, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today said he is ready to shed all differences with the rival UNP to "herald an era of a new political culture". Recalling the rivalry between his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) - to which Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe belongs,…

    PTI - Sep 08 10:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Elections ]

  • The Left takes a back seat in Sri Lanka

    The Left takes a back seat in Sri Lanka

    The first sitting of Sri Lanka’s new parliament took place this week amidst some uncertainty. Following the United National Party (UNP) election victory, negotiations continue on the formation of a national government, with a number of MPs from the opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) expected to be given ministerial portfolios. The new cabinet is yet to be…

    New Internationalist - Sep 03 11:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Elections ]

    Related:
      - Does Sri Lanka’s electoral outcome offer stability? - New Internationalist
  • U.S. grants Sri Lanka $ 3.2 million to develop schools in the East

    U.S. grants Sri Lanka $ 3.2 million to develop schools in the East

    The United States has agreed to grant US$ 3.2 million for the development of schools in the Eastern Province. The signing of the agreement took place under the patronage of Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando at his office Friday. David Christine of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo and Chief Secretary of the Eastern Province Sarath Abeygunawardena signed the…

    GoSL - Aug 31 18:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, Elections ]

  • Trading Swiss nationality for Sri Lanka House

    Sri Lankan film actress Geetha Kumarasinghe has claimed that she renounced her Swiss nationality to qualify for August parliamentary elections, but election officials said they need to verify the time line of her purported action. Kumarasinghe in statements to newspapers on Friday claimed she asked Swiss authorities to strip her foreign nationality and applied for…

    Economy Next - Aug 29 10:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, Elections ]

  • After the Sri Lankan elections: Tamil nationalists support US-backed parties

    In the wake of the August 17 parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka, Tamil nationalist parties are serving as key props for President Maithripala Sirisena in his attempt to install a new pro-US regime in Colombo. The TNA is aggressively backing Sirisena—who was installed in a US-backed regime change operation in the January 8 presidential elections—as he attempts to…

    WSWS - Aug 26 14:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, Elections ]

  • Sri Lanka Elections: A Vote For Reconciliation Process – Analysis

    Sri Lanka Elections: A Vote For Reconciliation Process – Analysis

    It is time for some deep reflection within Sri Lanka. On the one hand the democratic process has been well managed and with very little violence. That is itself a credit to a country and its people that have witnessed traumatic times for close to three decades. That Mr. Rajapakse will be a Member of Parliament and is quite strong within the Sinhala community means…

    Eurasia Review - Aug 24 14:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Elections ]

  • Sri Lanka continues toward reform

    The new government must focus on the urgent task of national reconciliation. That will be a broad offensive, one that includes justice for individuals who suffered from war crimes during the Tamil insurgency and more political representation for minority groups, as well as the safeguarding of minority rights in general. Of course, economic development has to be part…

    Japan Times - Aug 21 17:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Elections, WarCrimes ]

  • Sirisena's party offers to form coalition govt in Sri Lanka

    Sirisena\'s party offers to form coalition govt in Sri Lanka

    The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) offered on Thursday to form a coalition government with this week's winner of parliamentary elections, in a move that will pave the way for President Maithripala Sirisena to restart his stalled reform agenda. Sirisena had called the elections early after loyalists of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, also from the SLFP, had…

    Hindustan Times - Aug 20 13:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Elections ]

    Related:
      - SLFP agrees to join National Govt. - Daily Mirror
  • Sri Lanka Holds Fast to its Desire for Change

    Sri Lanka Holds Fast to its Desire for Change

    For the second time in eight months, Sri Lankan voters have thwarted former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s quest for power. And that clearly is the biggest story of the just concluded parliamentary elections. The United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG), contesting under the banner of the United National Party (UNP) led by incumbent Prime Minister Ranil…

    The Wire - Aug 19 19:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, Elections ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka's musical chairs - The Economist
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