Monthly Archives: August 2015

Civilised politics is a blend

Civilised politics is a blend

A betting man would have demanded long odds a year ago on Sri Lanka completing a peaceful transition of power after years of international isolation under the authoritarian leader who brought a bloody end to the country’s civil war. But in Monday’s parliamentary elections, the …

Roadmap to reconciliation: 4 challenges for Sri Lanka after polls

Roadmap to reconciliation: 4 challenges for Sri Lanka after polls

Erik Solheim and Mark Salter.                                                  These are critical times for Sri Lanka. This week the country completed its second round of …

Ranil Wickremesinghe Sworn In as PM

Ranil Wickremesinghe Sworn In as PM

Ranil Wickremesinghe was today sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister for the fourth time following his party’s victory in the parliamentary polls, as the country’s two major political parties signed a power- sharing deal to form a national unity government. Wickremesinghe’s victory in Monday’s …

SLFP to Join National Government for Two Years

SLFP to Join National Government for Two Years

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), which is the main constituent of the opposition United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA), has decided to join the National Government which is to be formed by the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG). But it will be a …

EU wants improvement in good governance, human rights and the rule of law

EU wants improvement in good governance, human rights and the rule of law

Parliamentary elections on 17 August in Sri Lanka were genuine, well administered and peaceful overall. The people of Sri Lanka came out to vote in high numbers, confirming their support for continued democratic reform. The new Government that will be formed as a result of …

Shares fall from 7-month closing high; economic policy awaited

Shares fall from 7-month closing high; economic policy awaited

Sri Lankan shares fell on Thursday after hitting their more than seven-month closing high in the previous session, with investors booking profit as they waited for the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe led government to announce its economic policies after the parliamentary election victory. Wickremesinghe’s centre-right …

A coalition government

A coalition government

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 …

Sri Lanka’s new political path

Sri Lanka’s new political path

Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former president, was hoping that a victory in Monday’s general elections would pave the way for him to become the next prime minister. But the coalition that defeated him in January’s presidential elections has made big gains. Rajapaksa is seen as …

End of the road

End of the road

In hindsight the odds were stacked against such a major comeback — even for Sri Lanka’s most powerful politician of the last decade. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa won his seat in Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections this week, but his Freedom Party won only 42% of …

Sri Lanka’s PM Wickremesinghe wants close relations with India

Sri Lanka’s PM Wickremesinghe wants close relations with India

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday said that Sri Lanka was keen to have good relations with India, indicating that the new government will attempt to balance the past regime’s China-centric foreign policy. “It’s a new chapter in Sri Lankan politics itself. Therefore, we should …