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So, it has now been confirmed that the Local Government (LG) and Provincial Council (PC) elections will not be held next year. President Ranil Wickremesinghe has told the parliament in no uncertain terms that the presidential and parliamentary elections...
      The anti-incumbency factor is a fact of life any government has to contend with. It chips away at the popularity of governments in power, but their leaders tend to wish it away, albeit in vain. In...
What really happened during the final stages of the Galle Face protest campaign, or Aragalaya, as it came to be known, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Cabinet in May 2023 and the...
          The Rajapaksa-Wickremesinghe government has proved, much to the disappointment of its rivals, that its parliamentary majority is still intact. It had the second reading of the 2024 budget passed with a majority of 45 votes on Tuesday (21). It...
Wednesday’s countrywide strike made the Rajapaksa-Wickremesinghe administration bite the bullet and offer to negotiate with the protesting trade unions. Government propagandists went into overdrive to make little of the strike, and play down its politico-economic fallout, but the harsh...
President Ranil Wickremesinghe has succeeded in shifting his political rivals’ attention from the much-delayed local government polls to the next presidential election due next year so much so that the SJB and the JVP have already named their presidential...
President Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Monday, presented the 2014 Budget themed, ‘A Prelude to a Bright Future’. It is now under the microscope, and there has been a mixed reaction to it. The President has vehemently denied that it is...
  Sri Lankans find themselves in a contradiction, a huge one at that. They desire to have strong leaders, and, at the same time, seek to strengthen democracy through checks and balances. Perhaps, this is arguably attributable to a kind...
    President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent outburst at the western bloc has raised many an eyebrow. It is considered uncharacteristic of the leader of a party known to espouse western liberalism. Wickremesinghe’s uncle, the late President J. R. Jayewardene, whom he...
The ongoing political war between the UNP and the SJB has got down and dirty amid speculation that the much-delayed local government elections will be held in a few weeks. The UNP is all out to engineer some more...
The current administration has undertaken a high-wire politico-economic act without a safety net. It has banned chemical fertilizer imports. The Cabinet is reported to have approved a proposal for prohibiting agrochemicals such as weedicides as well. The country has...
  The Opposition is making a fresh bid to launch a protest campaign against the Rajapaksa-Wickremesinghe administration as the Gota-go Gama agitation at the Galle Face Green (GFG) is running out of steam. A group of SJB women’s wing members...

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