Petition for release of widowed Tamil political prisoner with young children sent to Sri Lankan President with 300,000 signatures
If the UNP is to win, it should win the middle-class voters and the villages
All this could be a little bit confusing to an onlooker. How on earth, the President who claims to lead the Unity Government, also patronized a group that is opposed tothe Government.
The President’s one foot is in the Government; the other in the Joint Opposition.
The Govt. has only 1 ½ years to effect any changes that would avert a rout in the next Parliamentary Elections.
In the absence of a resolution passed in the House demanding its dissolution, it is only then he can dissolve Parliament under the 19th Amendment.
People in this country do not vote as dictated by the UN Human Rights Council Resolutions and NGO captains. The Government will have to offer some tangible economic benefits and jobs so that the public would not feel that the past five or six years were a lost cause, no different from Chandrika Kumaratunga’s two-term presidency.
Mr Wickremesinghe seems to be plotting to drive the UNP on a self-destructive path.
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018
The so-called National Unity Government formed on 3 September 2015 through a motion by the Prime Minister (Hansard, column 97, 3 September 2015) can now be construed as unconstitutional, especially with the outcome of the No-Confidence Motion and the resignations tendered by the SLFP Ministers
The President, by extraordinary gazette, has prorogued Parliament with effect from 13 April and the next sessions will be on 8 May. It was earlier reported in the media that President Sirisena has accepted the resignation letters tendered by 15 SLFP ministers, including six Cabinet members, and the Deputy Speaker, who voted for the No-Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said that a new Cabinet would be sworn in after the New Year holidays.
Background: Going against the mandate
During the last Parliamentary election campaign in 2015, the UPFA has categorically stated that they would not join with any party to form a National Government. Their manifesto was also silent on supporting a National Government. Therefore, there was no mandate given by the people for the UPFA elected members to support the move to form a National Government.
Quote: “…The members of Parliament hold a mandate and are agents of the people.” These are the extracts of the judgement delivered in 1987 on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution by Justice Wanasundera. However, a section of the UPFA elected members (including those who come through the National List) from the constituent party of SLFP has agreed to join the National Government.
National Government in terms of Article 46(4):
The process of forming the National Government was undertaken with a decision enforced on the Central Committee of the SLFP by the Chairman, who happened to be the President of Sri Lanka. A MOU between the two parties, namely the UNP and SLFP, has been entered into in August 2015. The SLFP is not a recognised political party in Parliament and as a result the SLFP joined the National Government as a separate group, and not as a recognised political party in terms of Article 46(4) of the 19th Amendment.
The National Government has so far enabled the elected MPs and even defeated candidates to carve out portfolios and privileges in Parliament, thus wasting valuable taxpayers’ money. The innocent citizens continue to pay direct and indirect taxes to the general Treasury to maintain a large Cabinet of Ministers and Non-Cabinet and Deputy Ministers.
Going against the rule of law
Consequent to the Local Government elections, Sri Lanka’s ruling alliance (UPF) was humiliated at the local elections and the SLPP under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa (SLPP) pulled off a stunning victory. However, there is no mandate given to SLPP/JO to take part in the Government. It is also true that Parliament cannot be dissolved till March 2020, unless two-thirds of the members decide themselves to dissolve the Parliament.
The present Government continues to function as a National Government formed between the UNP and SLFP headed by the Executive President, whereas the Prime Minister of the said National Government represents the UNP which obtained the highest number of seats at the last general elections.
My view is the National Government in terms of Article 46(4) cannot function only with a section of the SLFP members, as six Cabinet Ministers representing the SLFP have now decided to be in the Opposition.
Excessive number of ministers positively harmful to running of Govt.
The so-called National Unity Government formed on 3 September 2015 through a motion by the Prime Minister (Hansard, column 97, 3 September 2015) can now be construed as unconstitutional, especially with the outcome of the No-Confidence Motion and the resignations tendered by the SLFP Ministers.
Maybe a new Leader of the Opposition could be appointed within a member of the JO. Under the circumstances, it is unethical and bad in law to maintain the number of Cabinet Ministers beyond the stipulated maximum of 30 under the 19th Amendment. Evidence-based empirical studies show that an excessive number of ministers is not only unnecessary, but also positively harmful to the running of Government.
What needs to be done by the people is to push for a reduction of the Cabinet to its original number of 30 on the basis that the National Government has lapsed. It is important to reduce unnecessary and wasteful Government expenditure without burdening poor people by increasing taxes.
Therefore, it is expedient that the Members of Parliament would discuss this matter in Parliament when they resume on 8 May in order to move away from the present National Government and form a new government and work with a ‘30 member’ Cabinet as per the Constitution.
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I implore you to have a glance at the new Politburo. It is as astonishing about who is in it as who is not in it. There’s no Gamini Jayawickrama Perera or John Amaratunga, the two most senior parliamentarians as Ranil Wickremesinghe; no Thalatha Athukorale (no women at all, no good!) or outgoing Chairman and Secretary General, Malik Samarawickrama and Kabir Hashim (both are a timely rejection); there’s no Sujeewa Senasinghe, the most vociferous UNPer in the last two years, nor is Harsha de Silva. Neither Vajira Abeywardena nor the other ‘Kayiwarukaraya’, Daya Gamage was elected. The voters in the Working Committee have rejected the ‘pavement style’ cheap cantankerous politics. The new Politburo consists of members representing almost all prominent caste and geographical-derivatives in Sri Lanka. There is a mixture of Upcountry and Low-country men (no women), of all social denominations. Except Ranjit Madduma Bandara and Mangala Samaraweera, all others came to Parliament in or after year 2000 – a direct contrast to the Rajapaksa-led Joint Opposition (JO) or Maithripala Sirisena-led Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). It is indeed a collection of ‘young guns’, so to speak.
Both Navin Dissanayake and Sajith Premadasa belong in that category of the few. Their fathers laid their lives on the road while campaigning for the Party. Both entered Parliament after their fathers’ demise on their own strengths
Gota may be accused of being an Uncle Sam’s disciple if he does not obtain clearance on dual citizenship well ahead the date of his election from the US administration
Sources close to Premadasa whisper it is unlikely that Sajith will agree to contest a formidable opposition candidate like Gotabhaya Rajapakse to become a fall guy. Magic of MR seems to work as RW, will offer cakewalk in the PM stakes
The disgruntled in the UNP were smartly out-witted and out-manoeuvred by a crafty gang of crudities of Colombo origins – carrying the Diners Club Card of RW that mislead the UNP hierarchy. However did outclass a buoyant section UNP in an exercise to buy time to make cosmetic changes in the party and throw into the ring a weak candidate to take over the party such as Sajith Premadasa (SP). He failed to dislodge RW from leadership from 2010 lacking the guts of his famed father and fell in line with RW. There would be many unencumbered UNPs’ preferring RW with his many frailties to the candidature of Sajith Premadasa. Sources close to Premadasa whisper it is unlikely that Sajith will agree to contest a formidable opposition candidate like Gotabhaya Rajapakse to become a fall guy. Magic of MR seems to work as RW, will offer cakewalk in the PM stakes. Power attracts first time candidates and in addition Gota is a candidates who has succeeded in showing his skills in eliminating terrorism and in developing the cities. It is the long arms of the law and Gota himself who can destroy his candidature.
Maithripala Sirisena carries a reputation of an unpredictable and inconsistent mole, having crossed the aisle, to defeat his boy’s own hero of once upon a time
Is the country moving into another tragi-comic situation in having brothers Rajapakses’ as President and Prime Minister after throwing them out of office just a few moons ago?
The JO committed hara kiri in granting MR ascendency to keep the prime candidate from government benches in office whom MR can defeat from the comfort zone at the general elections?