SLFP  SHOULD APPOINT A NEW PRIME MINISTER IMMEDIATELY- INHERENT DANGERS OF GIVING EXECUTIVE POWERS TO UNP LEADER BEFORE GENERAL ELECTION
Posted on February 19th, 2015

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

The current political  climate  in Sri Lanka  is fast  becoming more and more merky.   The signals disseminated by the new regime are draging the entire country into a political limbo.

The following are few highlights of issues likely to lead to major crisis  in Sri Lanka:

UNITY GOVERNMENT – YES OR NO:

The Hon Prime Minister Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe is planning to have an all party Unity Government after the General Election, converting the entire Parliament into a government.  In essence, his concept is to eliminate the opposition to the government in the Parliament, thus nullyfying the one of the basic ingredients of democracy.

In contrast, the newly appointed National Organiser of the SLFP Mr Susil Premajayantha  has said the SLFP is against a Unity Government, instead will forge ahead with its plans to form a SLFP led UPFA government after the next general election.

PRIME MINISTER Vs JUDICIARY:

The entire opposition agrees that the appointment of Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe as the Prime Minister was inconsistent with the Constitution.  Yet, no one has so far petitioned for a Court determination on the issue.   This is a clear indication that the opposition has no confidence in the current Judiciary as the appointment of the current Chief Justice is also under a cloud of disputes resulting from chain of three events.  Under such  circumstances,  it is hard to visualise  that a fair and reasonable remedy will be opened through the channels of  judiciary to redress the disputed appointments.

DANGERS OF GIVING EXECUTIVE POWERS TO RW AS PM BEFORE GENERAL ELECTION:

Since assuming power through the back door of the Parliament, the Prime Minister Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe has embarked on a journey of looking after old buddies.  He has so far appointed 3 Tamils for the key positions in government without any consultation.  The appointment of new Chief Justice His Lordship Justice K Sripavan  was the first salvo released, immediately followed by the appointment of another Tamil,  Mr Arjuna Mahendran as the Head of Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

His next deafening salvo was the release of  another Tamil who was staying at the Hotel Galadari under the different name, until it became clearer that a person who has been in self-exile for obvious reasons, dubiously known as PASKA or Mr Paskaralingam’s sudden elevation to the role of Advisor to the Hon Prime Minister Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe.

In Sri Lanka today, the administrative machinery of Justice, Finance and Key Advisory roles are all held by Tamils.  The Hon Prime Minister could not unfortunately find any trustworthy Sinhalaese Legal Luminary, Finance Professional or A Grade Technocrat for these key roles.   If Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe is empowered with Executive Powers, the dangers to the nation cannot be under-estimated.

CONSOLATION PRIZE FOR PRESIDENT MAITHREEPALA SIRISENA:

In the midst of all these musical chairs concert, the President made use of the opportunity to appoint his own brother Mr Kumarasinghe Sirisena as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC.  To substantiate this appointment, the entire Curriculum Vitae of Mr Sirisena was released to the public.  The colourful list of qualifications are:

Professional Qualifications :

» Master of Business Administration Degree – 2012-2013
» Master of Public Management Degree – 2006/2007
» Post Graduate Diploma in Accountancy & Financial Management – 1997/1998 University of Sri Jayawardhenapura Department of Accountancy & Financial Management
» Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management 1996 – The Post Graduate Institute of Management (PIM)–University of Sri Jayawardhenapura
» Diploma in Business Management in National Institute of Business Management of Sri Lanka 1998/1999
» MIOGAF – Institute of Government Accounts and Finance. Associate Membership of the Institute 1999. The Institute of Public Finance and Development Accounting under the Ministry of » Finance and Planning. (Fellow member)
» AAT Sri Lanka – Membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka Year – 1993- Index No. 1186 (MAAT/SAT – Life Member)
» The Preliminary Examination of the Institute of Charted Accountants of Sri Lanka – 1982

» Course of Sri Lanka Taxation 1993 – 1994 . The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Sri Lanka
» Course on Malaysian Public Sector Accounting and Financial Management Systems 1998 in National Institute of Public Service Department. This course sponsored by Asian Development Bank MOF Funds-Ministry of Finance.
» Selected members of DBFA” Post Graduate of Diploma in Business and Financial Administration. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka public sector wing
» Certificate in Sustainable Forestry Management-Thailand

(It is puzzling whether it is necessary to release to the public the list of highlighted  qualifications (IN BOLD)  above, for someone who has apparently read upto Masters post graduate level.)

With “Computer Jilmart” complaints during two previous Presidential Elections, it is interesting to note the probable significance of President’s Brother to head the Institution which is tasked with the release of final results future General Elections.

APPOINTMENT OF A SLFP MP AS PRIME MINISTER BEFORE GENERAL ELECTION:

The SLFP lead UPFA has nearly 130 members of Parliament out of 225.  With this majority, the UPFA can toss out the Prime Minister and appoint its own member as the new Prime Minister, together with a UPFA Cabinet of Ministers.  If  Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe is allowed to draft the changes to the Constitution, he will make it absolutely certain that his current and future positions are safeguarded.  Mr Wickremasinghe is a very clever analyst of the Constitution.   He is far the best in the market, well ahead of Prof G L Pieris and others in the ring. 

Why should SLFP and UPFA empower UNP?

The President is within his powers to dismiss the current Prime Minister and allow the Parliament to select a new Prime Minister before the next general election.

 Will the President act as a true Leader of Sri Lanka?

20 Responses to “SLFP  SHOULD APPOINT A NEW PRIME MINISTER IMMEDIATELY- INHERENT DANGERS OF GIVING EXECUTIVE POWERS TO UNP LEADER BEFORE GENERAL ELECTION”

  1. Ratanapala Says:

    United Christian Party aka UNP in power. Siri Lakata Jesu saha Allah deviyange pihitai!

  2. Fran Diaz Says:

    Our thanks to Mr Dissanayake for demystifying the new illegal govt.

    The whole exercise seems to have been done to persecute the past President and his family, replace heads of govt jobs and go Westward Ho !

    It would be the comedy of the century if it wasn’t so tragic.

  3. Sarath W Says:

    Mr Dissanayaka says “The President is within his powers to dismiss the current prime Minister ….”. But does he has the guts to do so because Ranil has got him by the balls when he signed the confidential agreement with Ranil and Chandrika. Obviously he signed the agreement for American $$$$$ and never imagined he will win the election and get into this mess. Look what has happened to those who wanted to teach a lesson to our courageous ex president.

  4. Christie Says:

    Namaste: This yahapalanaya (good governance) is perfect. A Nissan Z Series car is Lambo, Buckingham is in New York, Head of Lester James Peries is cloned they are the best creators of the world. JR, no Mahinda could do it. Chandrika the Kankani has done a great job for the Emperor Modi. Indian sponsored politics imposed since 1951 are in great shape. Lies and lies sowed on poor and innocent Sinhala majority. Things will not change and they will disappear form earth soon. There is no Sinhalese any more ; they are Sri Lankans. Jai Hind.

  5. Christie Says:

    Namaste: What is holding everything is MP pension. I see most of the people in this forum are anti western socialist bent but are blinded to what India, Indians and Indian colonial parasites are doing to the Sinhalese at large. Jai Hind.

  6. cassandra Says:

    MDPD,

    Can you even remember who the last SLFP PM was? For most of the time, he was missing in action!

  7. ranjit Says:

    We shouldn’t keep on arguing just get these American backed traitors out before something unbelievable happens to our Motherland. We know about this Tie Coat rat very well and what he did during his tenure in office last time. He is a coward who took photographs together with our vast enemy Prabakaran. He is the man who was responsible for the death of so many heroes during the war. He hasn’t done anything good to the country but always worked against the country that’s the reason people rejected him for 29 times.

    He and his crooks who took power by force and from the money they got from their white masters trying to win the next General election by hook or crook. They have positioned their people in important places ahead of the election to make it easy to rig like last time and hold on to power. The Opposition must use their majority and their brains to stop these traitors winning the elections. A child can understand their evil motives and we should not allow Americans and Indians to dance as they please in our homeland. We should build a mass movement like Nugegoda uprising to stand up against these white Imperialists,Indians and the local traitors. Best leader to lead this movement is none other than the former President Mahinda Rajapksa. Others do not have Charisma or guts to stand up to American Imperialists or the Indians. We need something urgently as the time is running out quickly.

  8. Independent Says:

    Why should SLFP and UPFA empower UNP?

    I asked the same question in a different way, many times and because of that my comment are being moderated.

    Why did ex president betrayed the whole SLFP?
    Remember, SLFP reluctantly agreed. It was MR who handed over to My3 willingly.

    Geeth has provided some explanation. But that is not enough. All others are balking without thinking.

  9. S.A Says:

    The current ‘patholaya’ leaders of the SLFP, Nimal Siripala anf Susil Premajayantha say their aim is to make a SLFP government after the general election. Majority of the Parliamentarians are SLFP. Why can’t they do it now ? If they are real leaders of the SLFP. why do they want to wait till the next general election? Do they expect to have that majority after the general election with the leadership of My3 who is also the puppet leader of the current UNP government? Will they think that the 5.7+ million who voted against My3 will vote for a party headed by My3? They are mistaken.
    They made a ‘puhu gohosa’ about the appointment of the Chief Justice issue in the Parliament. Why can’t they file a case against it in the Supreme Court to show the world that the current judiciary is not independent or at least to say that they do not believe fairness under the current incumbents ?

    They also made a ‘puui gohosa’ via a bogus no-confidence motion against John Amarathunga, just to show that there is a opposition, but nothing happened to John and he is still the Minister of internal security.

    These rogues must be chased away by any means!

  10. ranjit Says:

    SA you are damn correct when telling S.L.F.P. is making only PUHU GOSA. These power hungry Gobells think only of themselves not the public. Yes if the S.L.F.P.want’s they can send this Govt home today but unfortunately S.L.F.P. leadership do not have guts to do it. Only man who is not worried about his job or votes or losing is none other than Mahinda Rajapksa. We have to salute this man for his courageous stand in every issue. Let’s work together to bring that great son of Motherlanka back to power with a good,decent un-corrupt team in the next General election.

  11. Independent Says:

    Latest news is Rajitha has invited MR to become PM candidate.
    But there is some hidden reason that he is unable to do it. This is very clear but he should explain it to people.

    I believe MR has a duty to disclose his side of the story logically to people. There are many questions unanswered on legality of the current government and as the (then) President acted in a irresponsible manner.

    Remember no political party is saying this. Only I am saying it. Am I wrong ? If so why ?

  12. L Perera Says:

    After the regime change Sri Lanka’s political scenario is one big a COMMEDY with contradictions by the hour coming from this hot-potch of politicians of different hues trying to run a Government. In a supposedly bicameral system the majority
    UPFA members seem to have one leg in the ruling section and the other in the opposition and the Prime Minister is from
    a party of 60 in a 225 member assembly. Like Vimukthi K, I am ashamed to be a Sri Lankan.

  13. cassandra Says:

    I don’t think it is appropriate for a former President to contest parliamentary elections. The position of President is the highest office that a citizen can aspire to. It should be invested with a certain prestige and dignity, and an ex President who chooses to re-enter active politics will be doing both himself and the office he held untold harm. No, Mahinda Rajapakse should accept the verdict of the people honourably, without seeking excuses or trying to blame his defeat on the minorities, and gracefully retire from the political scene. Even at a mundane level, MR has had a good run; let him be satisfied with that. See how his hankering for a third term brought him undone?

  14. cassandra Says:

    I don’t believe it is appropriate for a former President to contest a parliamentary election. The office of President is the highest office that a citizen can aspire to. It should be invested with a certain prestige, a certain honour and great dignity. An ex President who chooses to re-enter active politics by seeking to enter parliament will be doing himself and the office of President untold harm. And even at a mundane level, MR had a good run. Let him be satisfied with that and retire gracefully from the political scene. If nothing else, let him reflect on how his hankering for a third term had him so unceremoniously undone.

  15. Charles Says:

    Why not Mahinda Rajapakse should come back to Parliament. As PM, if Maithripala Sirisena is a wise man, he will understand that It would be a great opportunity for him to join hands with Mahind and Gotabhaya for a productive march together towards progress and development.

    As it is he is lost amoung a set of vindictive politicians who a slowly and surely taking Sri Lanka to a politic

  16. Charles Says:

    As it is Maitrip

  17. Charles Says:

    As it is Maitripala Sirisena is lost amoung a set of vindictive politicians who are slowly and surely taking Sri Lanka towards a political precipise, falling from which Sri Lanka will be irrecoverably lost. Only person who can save Sri Lanka from that disaster is Mahinda Rajapakse.

    In France President Giscard d’Etain came back as a member of Parliament. In Russia President Putin came back as the Prime Minister. Is that a shame ?

    Of course it is good advice to ask Mahinda R to remain a defeated candidate to allow UNP to continue to mess up Sri Lanka as corruption hunting Ministers doing nothing other than taking revenge from the previous government, and sell Sri Lanka to USA and West

  18. Fran Diaz Says:

    Since the IMF deal (borrowed money from China with new middle man IMF !) courtesy of Sir Ranils group, is now through, how does this affect the SLFP and the masses of Lanka ?

    One alternative route is to continue with the Gov Council of, say, 3 properly qualified people elected by vote through Parliament, and MR is one of the three elected. I am concerned for his safety, no other reason. Personally, I would like best to see him back as Prez with less onerous duties, and with none of the bad boys he was forced to carry on with during the pre and post war years. It is easy for Unpatriotic Non national Party (UNP) to criticize MR as the U N P did not have to contend with a serious war and take the the flak on behalf of the entire Nation. MR took that flak along with his Family, his govt and the Armed Forces, and we the Patriots will NEVER forget that !

  19. Lorenzo Says:

    If Putin the MOST powerful president can become PM under his former minister Medved, no reason why MR should not.

  20. Chancy Says:

    I agree that a former President can become the Prime Minister especially when the reforms are put in place and the President only has a ceremonial position. The Prime Minister will be more powerful that the President. This is why Ranil should never have that position.

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