Monthly Archives: January 2015

TNA welcomes New President  Calls for Honourable Resolution to National Question

TNA welcomes New President Calls for Honourable Resolution to National Question

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) extends its warmest congratulations to President-Elect Mr Maithripala Sirisena. The TNA extends to the people of Sri Lanka – in particular to the people of the North-East – its sincere thanks for extending their overwhelming support to President-Elect Mr Maithripala …

Win raises hopes of reconciliation, Modi invites new President

Win raises hopes of reconciliation, Modi invites new President

In a stunning verdict that has raised hopes of reconciliation in the ethnically divided island nation, Sri Lankan voters on Friday ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power, ending a ten-year rule that was marked by allegations of family rule, corruption, and authoritarianism and chose his …

Ban commends success of Sri Lanka presidential election

Ban commends success of Sri Lanka presidential election

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Sri Lanka on the successful conclusion of the country’s presidential election, and welcomed the constitutional transfer of power. “The Secretary-General applauds the Sri Lankan Elections Commission for its professionalism in ensuring a peaceful and credible …

Sri Lanka presidential vote a ‘symbol of hope’, says Obama

Sri Lanka presidential vote a ‘symbol of hope’, says Obama

US President Barack Obama praised Friday Sri Lanka’s “successful and peaceful” presidential elections and congratulated the outgoing administration on a “swift and orderly transfer of power.” “Beyond the significance of this election to Sri Lanka, it is also a symbol of hope for those who …

Sri Lankan people deserve great credit

Sri Lankan people deserve great credit

Press Statement by John Kerry  Conclusion of Sri Lankan Elections and Election of Maithripala Sirisena. The Sri Lankan people deserve great credit on the successful conclusion of their elections. They turned out in great numbers to exercise their democratic rights and every vote was a victory …

An unknown angel

An unknown angel

In an election upset unthinkable even weeks ago, Maithripala Sirisena is to become Sri Lanka’s new president. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent since 2005, conceded defeat even before all the votes were counted. Mr Sirisena has won with something more than 51% of the vote, to …

Maithripala Sirisena declared winner

Maithripala Sirisena declared winner

The Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya officially declared the common Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena the victor of the polls with a majority of 51.28%. During a media briefing held at the Elections Department that is ongoing, he thanked everyone who assisted in the holding of a …

Sri Lanka’s President Rajapakse accepts election defeat

Sri Lanka’s President Rajapakse accepts election defeat

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has conceded defeat in his re-election bid and promised to clear the way for a smooth transition, officials said Friday. Official sources said results announced so far from Thursday’s election had given opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena an unassailable lead. …

Support of Tamils Crucial for Sirisena to Emerge Triumphant

Support of Tamils Crucial for Sirisena to Emerge Triumphant

If Maithripala Sirisena, the joint opposition candidate in Thursday’s Sri Lankan Presidential election, is to pip incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the post, he has to take a very long stride. In the last election in 2010, Rajapaksa had bagged 6,015,934 votes as against 4,173,185 …

A time for change?

A time for change?

The 2015 elections are crucial for Sri Lanka. The little island nation has now decided its next leader in the hotly contested polls, with incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting for the third time, after a top court allowed him to modify the Constitution in his …