Monthly Archives: August 2015

Parliamentary Elections: Interim statement by Commonwealth Observer Group

Parliamentary Elections: Interim statement by Commonwealth Observer Group

An independent Commonwealth Observer Group was invited by the Office of the Commissioner of Elections of Sri Lanka to observe the country’s parliamentary elections on 17 August 2015. The nine-person observer team, selected by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, was led by former President of Malta Dr …

Healthy mandate in Sri Lanka

Healthy mandate in Sri Lanka

The English daily of India, The Hindu, has stated that the verdict of the people in the recent parliamentary election will enhance the credibility, internationally, of Sri Lankan Government’s efforts for reconciliation. Seven months after the presidential elections that saw President Mahinda Rajapaksa being defeated …

Sri Lanka plans ‘big bang’ reforms

Sri Lanka plans ‘big bang’ reforms

Sri Lanka’s incoming government plans to push forward with a range of “big bang” reforms to open up its financial system and liberalise the rupee after triumphing in Monday’s general election, the country’s central bank governor has said. On Wednesday, controversial former President Mahinda Rajapaksa …

Policy Clarity from New Sri Lanka Government is Key

Policy Clarity from New Sri Lanka Government is Key

Greater clarity over economic policy matters more for the credit than the party composition of Sri Lanka’s next government, says Fitch Ratings. Improved economic policy credibility and coherence would strengthen Sri Lanka’s resilience to growing investor uncertainty towards emerging Asia. The establishment of a new …

Sri Lanka Wants to Be the Next Singapore as War Legacy Fades

Sri Lanka Wants to Be the Next Singapore as War Legacy Fades

Sri Lanka is moving past its history of ethnic strife and seeking to emulate Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai as one of the region’s premier trading and financial hubs, a senior ruling party lawmaker said. “Our focus entirely is going to be on creating the …

M Karunanidhi greets Ranil Wickremesinghe

M Karunanidhi greets Ranil Wickremesinghe

DMK President M Karunanidhi today congratulated Ranil Wickremesinghe for his victory in the Sri Lanka parliamentary elections and hoped the Tamil National Alliance win in North and East provinces would give rise to a situation for a permanent solution to travails of Tamils. Wickremesinghe’s United …

Tamil people firmly behind the TNA

Tamil people firmly behind the TNA

Releasing a statement on 18 August 2015 The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) congratulated Mr. R. Sampanthan and the Tamil National Alliance on their resounding election victory in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. The Tamil people have given the TNA, and its leader …

Defeat of divisive politics

Defeat of divisive politics

The parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka held risks of polarisation and the re-emergence of authoritarian politics. But the Lankan voters rejected divisive politics for the second time this year. The United National Party (UNP) will likely form the new government, while the moderating presence of …

Lankans voted ‘against racism and corruption’

Lankans voted ‘against racism and corruption’

The Sri Lankan parliamentary elections result on Tuesday has been a vote against racism, corruption and nepotism, according to the country’s expatriates in the Kingdom. The final results showed that the United National Party (UNP) led by Ranil Wickremesinghe secured 106 seats in the parliament, …

Mandate for Tamil National Alliance in North and East

Mandate for Tamil National Alliance in North and East

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Tuesday swept the Sri Lankan parliamentary elections in the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern provinces overcoming new challenges. There were two pro-LTTE Tamil parties in the fray, both urging the voters to adopt a radical stance. And then, there was …