Monthly Archives: January 2015

Tamil organisations want an interim-mechanism

Tamil organisations want an interim-mechanism

In a joint New Year message 63 Tamil organisations pledged to work towards “dignity, freedom, justice, and peace” for the Tamil nation. It called on the international community to recognise that both candidates in the Sri Lankan presidential election have rejected a United Nations investigation into mass …

There is no LTTE now, so how can TNA be a proxy – Sampanthan

There is no LTTE now, so how can TNA be a proxy – Sampanthan

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan told an interview with the Daily Mirror that the TNA was prepared to fully cooperate with the Government in resolving the Tamil question within a United, Undivided Sri Lanka. “The TNA is the authentic representative of the Tamil …

Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse asks Tamils to re-elect ‘known devil’

Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse asks Tamils to re-elect ‘known devil’

Sri Lanka’s embattled president Mahinda Rajapakse has urged minority Tamils to back him in next week’s election, calling himself the “known devil”. He made the call at a rally in Jaffna, making a final push for votes in the country’s former warzone. While he remains …

Sri Lankan Muslims may choose opposition

Sri Lankan Muslims may choose opposition

President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost at least three key Muslim politicians to the joint opposition just weeks ahead of Sri Lanka’s January 8 presidential election, but he may have lost a majority of Muslim votes long before. Incessant speculation had been on for months about the …

Sri Lanka warns EU not to intervene in polls

Sri Lanka warns EU not to intervene in polls

Sri Lanka Friday warned the European Union not to be “prescriptive” about next week’s presidential elections after Colombo-based ambassadors urged the government to ensure a peaceful election. The Ministry of External affairs took objection to a statement issued earlier Friday by Colombo-based European ambassadors that …

EU seek credible election

EU seek credible election

The European Union (EU), Mission in Colombo issued a statement today (02 Jan), on the  Presidential election said that a peaceful environment is essential for credible elections. Colombo, 02 January 2015 Joint Local Statement on Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election process European Union Heads of Mission in Colombo note …

Election a contest between two candidates with roots in the rural heartlands.

Election a contest between two candidates with roots in the rural heartlands.

The joint opposition’s bid to give President Mahinda Rajapaksa a tough fight in the January 8 presidential polls has resulted in a rarely seen phenomenon in Sri Lanka — a contest between two candidates with their roots in the country’s rural heartlands. In the past, …

NPC councillor refuses to endorse Maithri

NPC councillor refuses to endorse Maithri

A second Tamil National Alliance (TNA) councillor of the Northern Province has publicly stated he will not be backing the common opposition’s presidential candidate, Maithripala Sirisena at the election on January 8. “I cannot campaign endorsing any of them,” Councillor Ravikaran told the Uthayan Newspaper. …

TNA word may win Tamil vote for Sirsena

TNA word may win Tamil vote for Sirsena

Sri Lanka Tamils seem fired up to vote for  Joint Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena in the January 8, 2015 Lankan Presidential election after the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) broke its silence and declared wholehearted support to Sirisena on Tuesday. Till then, the Tamil mood was …

The Presidential race has become a close contest

The Presidential race has become a close contest

Casino mogul James Packer must wish he could vote in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections next Thursday. Not only is the main challenger Maithripala Sirisena threatening incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bid for an unprecedented third term – he is also promising to cancel Mr Packer’s plans …