Political deadlock worries foreign companies in SL

Views - 1261 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Releasing a statement, warn of economic consequences Say international investors are losing confidence in biz environment Call on Govt. to restore stability through democratic institutions Ask assistance to continue FDI promotions on behalf of SL

US urges responsible and quick end to SL crisis

Views - 2372 Thursday, 6 December 2018 01:18

By Nisthar Cassim Stressing that it has no favourites in the contest, the United States this week urged Sri Lankan leaders to resolve the political crisis responsibly and promptly, as it has far reaching socio-economic consequences, apart from damagi

Lawful govt. essential before polls: Ranil

Views - 922 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday insisted that only he commanded the majority in the House needed to form a government, reiterating the need to return to the constitutional framework before the country could opt for e

MS-MR muddle gets murkier

Views - 5861 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 01:01

By Chathuri Dissanayake The Court of Appeal yesterday issued an interim order restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed to the post of Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena, and his Cabinet of Ministers from functioning in office.

MR makes case for general elections

Views - 1073 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:49

As the constitutional deadlock enters its fifth week, President Maithripala Sirisena-appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday issued a detailed statement arguing for the necessity of general elections and called on the public to consider

Dialogue deadlock

Views - 6113 Saturday, 1 December 2018 02:04

By Chathuri Dissanayake President Maithripala Sirisena is now considering rescinding the order to dissolve Parliament, showing signs of loosening the deadlock between the Executive and Legislature while talks with political parties opposing his decis

President signals thawing of stance

Views - 2051 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

The deadlock between the Executive and Legislature showed signs of easing yesterday as President Maithripala Sirisena and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya met after a hiatus of close to two weeks and Sirisena scheduled to meet the United National Front (UNF)

Admiral docked!

Views - 8233 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:30

Stunning scenes unfolded outside the Fort Magistrate’s Court yesterday, when the country’s highest ranking military official, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravindra Wijeguneratne, was remanded for allegedly protecting the leader of a Navy abductio

President plans to bypass P’ment to fund Govt. expenses

Views - 3343 Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena will use constitutional provisions that enable him to access public funds sans parliamentary approval to fund government expenditure until March 2019 in place of a Budget if Parliament is dissolved, his spokesman said y

Kabir gives wakeup call to Sirisena

Views - 2632 Tuesday, 27 November 2018 01:21

UNP Chairman Kabir Hashim yesterday gave a wakeup call to President Maithripala Sirisena over his comments to foreign correspondents on Sunday. Hashim said that President Maithripala Sirisena, at a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents Association

No return for RW as PM, says MS

Views - 1183 Monday, 26 November 2018 00:57

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday indicated a softening of his stance, saying that he would be willing to accept results of the vote scheduled in Parliament on 29 November but was firm that he would not reappoint MP Ranil Wickremesinghe as Pri

MR faces legal battle over Premiership after string of defeats in P’ment votes

Views - 9759 Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:06

Delivering another Friday night twist to the ongoing political turmoil, 122 members of Parliament filed legal action yesterday, challenging the authority of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to hold office

Rs. 54.4 b worth of State payments outstanding

Views - 1745 Friday, 23 November 2018 00:00

A staggering Rs. 54.4 billion payment by the State is outstanding as of 16 November, according to Finance Ministry sources. The outstanding bills include both recurrent and capital expenditure. Of the amount outstanding, over 70% or around Rs. 38.8

Moody’s rating decision unfounded: Central Bank

Views - 481 Thursday, 22 November 2018 00:00

The Central Bank yesterday said the credit rating downgrade by Moody’s does not properly reflect the country’s macroeconomic fundamentals and is therefore unwarranted. Moody’s downgraded the Government of Sri Lanka’s foreign currency issuer a

Economy at edge of “abyss” says UNP

Views - 1177 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is on the precipice of an “economic abyss”, warned prominent members of the United National Party (UNP) yesterday, calling on President Maithripala Sirisena to accept the decision of Parliament so Budget 2019 could be presented at the e

UNP moves to limit public funds to PM

Views - 1303 Tuesday, 20 November 2018 01:04

Upping the ante after two votes on the No Confidence Motion, a group of United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarians yesterday presented a motion to limit access of public funds by the Prime Minister’s Office, to a quieter than usual Parliament.

President pushes P’ment as panacea to political crisis

Views - 1716 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:00

All-party meeting chaired by President sans JVP ends inconclusively Sirisena tells parties to reach compromise, follow due process and conduct business with respect and decorum Asks not to allow party supporters to converge in Parliament today, says

Havoc in the House

Views - 1658 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:01

A second vote on the no confidence motion against MP Mahinda Rajapaksa passed yesterday with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya being forced to conduct the session from behind a human shield as Rajapaksa loyalists unleashed havoc in the House. Regardless of P

Sirisena agrees to fresh vote today

Views - 6261 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

By Chathuri Dissanayake The standoff between President Maithripala Sirisena and United National Party (UNP) led Parliamentarians showed signs of easing yesterday with the Executive agreeing to accept the decision of the Legislature if the vote for n

Parliament proves its prowess

Views - 3065 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:10

Amidst scenes of pandemonium, a no confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Government was rushed through Parliament last morning, with several political parties jointly supporti

SC saves democracy

Views - 2128 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

Emotions ran high as the three-judge bench ofthe Supreme Court yesterday delivered a landmark decision, issuing a stay order on the gazette dissolving Parliament issued by President Maithripala Sirisena until7December. The decision, delivered at aro

Longer wait for SC decision

Views - 4389 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 01:04

Civil society members, activists, and politicians alike sought the intervention of the Supreme Court as their last refuge yesterday, filing 11 fundamental rights petitions claiming President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament wa

Karu’s clarion call

Views - 1743 Monday, 12 November 2018 01:04

The head of Sri Lanka’s eighth Parliament, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, yesterday issued a clarion call for public servants to defend the Constitution and act to safeguard democracy while deploring criticisms of his conduct as misleading and charging t

Desperate dissolution

Views - 10273 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:10

In an act that smacked of political desperation after it became evident his party may not be able to show majority in the House, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday dissolved Parliament with elections likely to be held on 5 January. The Gazette

Unconstitutional acts must stop: Uyangoda

Views - 2084 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Sounding a dire warning, veteran political scientist Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda yesterday severely criticised what he termed as an open and ongoing violation of the Constitution, which could plunge the country into anarchy, unless there was moral interv

Economy in peril: Kabir

Views - 1266 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:51

The economic impact of the dragging Constitutional crisis could potentially hamper Sri Lanka’s debt refinancing efforts in 2019, and delay critical development projects, warned United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Kabir Hashim and UNP MP E

UNP claims first battle victory with crossover

Views - 2640 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:39

In a fresh turn in the maze that is the country’s current political crisis, the United National Party (UNP) yesterday made fresh claims over Manusha Nanayakkara’s support, as the ministers of the Cabinet which existed before 26 October 2018 hurri

Sirisena stands strong

Views - 2757 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:20

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday stood by his Prime Minister, insisting that he had the 113 MPs needed to hold Parliament and defended the move as a last ditch effort coming after he had offered the position to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and UNP

Mangala exposes economy’s great peril post MS-MR deal

Views - 4261 Monday, 5 November 2018 01:08

Mangala Samara-weera issuing a statement as the Minister of Finance and Mass Media yesterday exposed the peril suffered by the economy in just a week after President Maithripala Sirisena appointed his former nemesis Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Min

Date juggling as pressure mounts on Speaker to reconvene P’ment

Views - 1001 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:06

With President Sirisena remaining non-committal on reconvening Parliament before 16 November despite assurances given, the constitutional crisis, now in its eighth day, remains in deadlock in spite of repeated requests to immediately call the House t

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