By Kassapa The Sinhala and Tamil New Year is over. That heralds the final stretch of the presidential election which is shaping up to be essentially a three-horse race- though there will be many ‘also rans’. It can still end...
By Kassapa  For the politically naïve, every opportunity is a crisis. For the politically astute, every crisis is an opportunity. The political party which has ruled Sri Lanka for the longest period of time, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP),...
By Kassapa   When Maithripala Sirisena startled everyone by announcing suddenly that he knows who masterminded the 2019 Easter Day attacks, the first question that many asked was whether Sri Lanka’s Sixth Executive President had finally lost his marbles. The claim was...
By Kassapa  The honeymoon between President Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is now officially over. As the mundane business of wedded political life takes over, cracks are appearing in this marriage of convenience. Last week Wickremesinghe met...
By Kassapa  It is not always that Basil Rajapaksa speaks his mind but when he does, there is a purpose behind it. Therefore, when Rajapaksa, the ‘founder’ of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) gives an interview to ‘Sirasa’, a media...
By Kassapa  It could be co-incidence but the return of Basil Rajapaksaw, strategist for the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the launch of the United National Party (UNP)’s election campaign both occurred last week. Twenty months into his Presidency,...
By Kassapa  Amidst great publicity and fanfare, Basil Rajapaksa, founder of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), its chief political strategist and also failed Finance Minister who presided over the country descending into bankruptcy- affirmed by no less than the...
By Kassapa The confirmation of Deshabandu Tennakoon as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) this week is a strong signal that the country is in for a wild ride with at least the presidential election being due by October. It...
By Kassapa The talking point in political circles last week was whether President Ranil Wickremesinghe is trying one last-gasp trick to stay in power by abolishing the Executive Presidency. This concept first came to light several months ago when it...
By Kassapa  Every country, it is said, gets the government it deserves. In addition, Sri Lanka appears to have the misfortune of getting an opposition it does not deserve, going by the recent antics of its main opposition party, the...
By Kassapa  President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s big boast was that he was able to stabilise a nation heading for economic disaster under his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa. It sure was, but there is nothing to prove that it is not, even now....
 By Kassapa  The untimely, sudden and tragic demise of State Minister Sanath Nishantha brought to fore the fact that the government has lost all touch with reality- and is heading for certain defeat at the elections. We do not wish to...

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