Monthly Archives: August 2015

Sri Lanka votes

Sri Lanka votes

Sri Lanka began voting Monday in a general election in which former leader Mahinda Rajapakse is hoping to pull off a shock comeback, this time as prime minister, months after being toppled as president. Rajapakse is confident of returning to power after drawing massive crowds …

Former President forecasts election success despite war crimes probe

Former President forecasts election success despite war crimes probe

Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa faces corruption charges and an international war crimes probe. Today, he is attempting a comeback as prime minister in the country’s general election. Despite the unusual calm that preceded today’s polls, uncertainty prevails over political parties, poll analysts, the …

Britain Called in to Help Sri Lanka Expose ‘Corruption’

Britain Called in to Help Sri Lanka Expose ‘Corruption’

Sri Lanka’s leaders have appealed to Britain, the United States and the World Bank to help to trace the overseas assets of the former ruling family as they investigate alleged corruption. Mangala Samaraweera, the foreign minister, revealed yesterday (Sunday) that Sri Lanka requested this assistance as …

As Sri Lanka goes to polls, calls grow for war crimes trial over Tamil Tigers assault

As Sri Lanka goes to polls, calls grow for war crimes trial over Tamil Tigers assault

In the peaceful confines of a church compound in the northern tip of Sri Lanka, its thick walls offering a cool respite from the cloying tropical humidity outside, the diminutive middle-aged woman quietly related the horrors that tore apart her family. Jeyakumary Balendran was among …

Can Sri Lanka’s new government break free from China?

Can Sri Lanka’s new government break free from China?

In the past seven months, Sri Lanka’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, has tried to steer the island nation back to the path of good governance and reverse the excesses of his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa. He has grounded the air-conditioned buses the former president’s family used …

Another Election with No Solution to the Tamil Issue?

Another Election with No Solution to the Tamil Issue?

August 17th will witness parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka; once again the Tamils may play a key role in the formation of a government if the projection of election results are accurate. The Tamils are expected to vote for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which …

People want good governance, transparency: Ranil

People want good governance, transparency: Ranil

After a month-long exhaustive election campaign, United National Party leader and Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe did not look tired when The Hindu met him at his official residence, Temple Trees, on Saturday morning. He was quite cheerful and relaxed. Answering questions on a …

Rajapaksa in Election Comeback Bid

Rajapaksa in Election Comeback Bid

Sri Lanka’s beleaguered former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa will try to pull off a shock political comeback in elections Monday that he hopes will propel him to the premiership, months after being toppled as president. His successor as president, Maithripala Sirisena, has vowed to thwart his …

Sri Lanka embarking on new journey of peace, progress: India

Sri Lanka embarking on new journey of peace, progress: India

Ahead of parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka, India today said the island nation is poised to embark on a new journey of peace and progress and it will continue its support to the reconciliation process. Indian High Commissioner Y K Sinha, during India’s Independence Day …

Ranil Warns of Constitutional Logjam If Rajapaksa Becomes PM

Ranil Warns of Constitutional Logjam If Rajapaksa Becomes PM

As the month-long campaign for the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections closed this weekend, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned of a constitutional logjam if Mahinda Rajapaksa becomes Prime Minister. “No Prime Minister can take the country forward while being at loggerheads with the President,” …