Author Archive for New Constitution

‘Unit of Devolution: District or Province?’ – a response

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island Dr. Dayan Jayetilleka (Dr. DJ), in his article titled “Unit of devolution: District or Province?”(The Island, Sept. 20, 2017), has missed the essence of the difference between what I stated and what he claims as the “Sinhala nationalist’s preference for Districts to Provinces” as the primary unit of devolution. I agree […]

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Constitution framers divided over bid to change ‘unitary state’

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island September 21, 2017, 10:18 pm The Steering Committee, tasked with drafting a new constitution has raised the hackles of some of its members by proposing that the term, ‘unitary state’ be done away with. The Steering Committee interim report submitted by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the Constitutional Assembly yesterday […]

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20-A needs 2/3 majority, approval at referendum-Supreme Court

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island Speaker Karu Jayasuriya informed Parliament yesterday that the Supreme Court by a majority vote had determined that the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was inconsistent with several Articles in the Constitution and would have to be passed by a two-thirds majority in Parliament and approved by people at a referendum. […]

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රනිල් සිරිසේන උඩපනින ව්‍යවස්ථාව හැදුවේ අපි-ඇමරිකාව කියයි

Monday, September 18th, 2017

ඇමරිකාව විසින් ශ‍්‍රි ලංකාවට ව්‍යවස්ථාවක් සකසා එවා ඇති බව ඇමරිකානු කොංග‍්‍රස් මණ්ඩලයේ ප‍්‍රබලයෙක් කියා සිටි බව උත්සව සභාවක් අමතමින් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත‍්‍රී කෙහෙලිය රඹුක්වැල්ල මහතා පැවසීය.

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H. K. D. Chandrasoma’s Case: A Reply to D. B. S. Jeyaraj [1]

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Dharshan Weerasekera, Attorney-at-law D. B. S. Jeyaraj, the LTTE propagandist sometimes also known to masquerade as a ‘journalist,’ has written a lengthy commentary on the judgment in H. K. D. Chandrasoma’s case, published in the Daily Mirror of 19th August 2017 and titled, ‘Federalism is not Separatism, rules the Supreme Court.’ As far as I […]

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The SC Ruling on ITAK and its Seminal Importance to Discussions of ‘Federalism’ in Sri Lanka

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Dharshan Weerasekera, Attorney-at-Law [Author’s note:  The present paper is intended to be read with a previous paper of mine titled, ‘H. K. D. Chandrasoma’s Case:  A Response to D. B. S. Jeyaraj,’ published in lankaweb.  For the convenience of readers that article is republished along with this one] On 21st August 2017, I published an […]

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Is there a mandate from the people for a new constitution ?

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Gotabaya Rajapaksa https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUOym1NMvhozUuWfBl4wxow/featured

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Could ramshackle government enact new constitution?

Friday, September 8th, 2017

N. A. DE S. AMARATUNGA  Courtesy The Island Opposition is emerging to the new constitution. Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa speaking at the inauguration of a movement against the government’s constitution making process The idea that the country needs a new constitution is a construct of the Tamil separatists and opportunist politicians who need their […]

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Eliya illuminating people’s aspirations

Friday, September 8th, 2017

By Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy  Ceylon Today With the sole intention of defeating any move to divide the country through constitutional means, ‘Eliya – Illuminating Aspirations’ an organization formed under the patronage of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was launched at Hotel Golden Rose, Boralesgamuwa on Wednesday (6) evening. Alleging that the proposed new Constitution would give […]

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Constitution making process an American project – Tamara

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Courtesy The Island ‘Good Governance’ had been coined by the IMF, World Bank and the US Treasury, as a political conditionality for the enslavement of indebted countries such as Sri Lanka, former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva Tamara Kunanayakam said on Wednesday. She said it had […]

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New Constitution shouldn’t undermine war victory: Gota

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror A new Constitution or Parliament shouldn’t be allowed to reverse the victories which were accomplished by uniting the country after defeating terrorism, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. Speaking at the launch of ‘Eliya’ (light) Forum in Colombo on Wednesday, Mr. Rajapaksa said people fear that the accomplished victories would […]

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“New constitution a must” : A reply to Friday Forum

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Sugath Samarasinhe  This is a response to the letter to the Editor published in the Opinion page of ‘The Island’ of August 22, 2017 titled New constitution a must”. I do not agree with the opening statement of the Friday Forum which states: The peoples’ verdict at the Presidential election of January 2015 reflected the […]

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Tunnels and lights

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island September 6, 2017, 10:11 pm A movement named Eliya [light] was launched, yesterday, with former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as its leader. Its goal is to torpedo the yahapalana government’s efforts to introduce a new Constitution, we are told. With only a couple of more years to go for the next presidential […]

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Abolition of the Executive Presidency equates to a new Constitution

Monday, August 28th, 2017

BY SHIVANTHI RANASINGHE Courtesy  Ceylon Today Those who are insisting for a new constitution should pause to reflect on what they are asking and from whom they are asking. First of all, it was the abolition of the executive presidency that was pledged in the 2015 elections and not a brand new constitution. One may argue […]

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Imperatives under Article 83 for a new constitution

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne P.C. during the course of an interview had stated: “We must go for a referendum if we are to introduce a new Constitution. For example, if we want to change even a comma in Article 83 of the Constitution, we must go for a referendum”(Ceylon Today, […]

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Ten petitions to be filed in SC against 20A

Monday, August 14th, 2017

By Ranil Dharmasena Courtesy The Island Political parties and civil organisations are planning to file ten petitions against the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution when the Bill is presented to the Supreme Court. The amendment which has been gazetted by the government seeks to provide for holding elections of all provincial councils on a single […]

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Sri Lanka’s Constitution and the Focal Advocacy Role of the Maha Sangha

Friday, August 4th, 2017

M.L.Wickramasinghe (The writer is an ex-Journalist, communication researcher and a retired staff member of the International Civil Service of the United Nations system) Recently, the Maha Sangha made a common statement on the proposed Constitution. It described the basic parameters of a Constitution that they believe would suit Sri Lanka, and presented the finding that […]

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President has no mandate to abolish executive presidency

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

By Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror National List MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera, who played a pivotal role in the election of President Maithripala Sirisena, speaks about the constitution making process and what should be done. He responded to matters raised by Government MP Jayampathi Wickramaratne in a previous interview. Excerpts of the interview:  It […]

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Confusion prevailing in respect of Reconciliation, Constitutional Changes and UNHRC Resolution

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Mahinda Gunasekera, 84 Tambrook Drive, Agincourt, Ontario, Canada  M1W 3L9 July 26, 2017 His Excellency, Maithripala Sirisena President of Sri Lanka, Colombo 1, Sri Lanka Copy to: Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, Prime Minister Your Excellency, Honourable Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and Elected MPs, Confusion prevailing in respect of Reconciliation, Constitutional Changes and UNHRC Resolution The messages […]

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Do we need a new constitution?

Monday, July 24th, 2017

BY Sugeeswara Senadhira Courtesy Ceylon Today This week marks the 34th anniversary of Black July 1983, one of the darkest days post independence in Sri Lanka. The killings, arson, and looting sent shockwaves around the world and soon the ruthless killings by the Tamil terrorists were forgotten by the international community and the blame shifted to […]

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What does UN Under-Secretary-General Feltman  have to do with our constitution?

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

by Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka Courtesy The Island July 23, 2017, 12:00 pm Jeffrey Feltman, the UN UnderSecretary-General for Political Affairs, heads the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations in New York. The main role of the department according to its website is to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. It is also tasked with […]

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NFF proclaims UN official’s ‘ill-famed statement’ a violation of sovereignty

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

By Ayshwarya Yapa Courtesy Adaderana National Organizer of the National Freedom Front (NFF), Piyasiri Wijenayaka stated that no Sri Lankan citizen had asked UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson or anyone else to probe into the dark, closed chapter of the terror-stricken of LTTE.” Issuing a letter to the Office of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to […]

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Will the new Constitution become a mere dream?

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

BY GAGANI WEERAKOON Courtesy Ceylon Today Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has pledged that the Local Government Elections will be held in January 2018 when civil society activists led by Puravesi Balaya met him at Temple Trees, Friday evening. When they protested against government delaying elections, Premier Wickremesinghe has made it clear that the elections will be […]

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Constitution making process: JO raises UN interference with Feltman

Friday, July 21st, 2017

by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island July 21, 2017, 10:23 pm Joint Opposition (JO) parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardena has called for an end to UN interference in on-going constitutional making process in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1 adopted in Oct 2015. MP Gunawardena has said that the JO that represented a large segment of people […]

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Bring forth a federal constitution now if you can, Wimal challenges Govt.

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

By Ayshwarya Yapa Courtesy Ceylon Today Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF), Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa challenged the Government to now bring forth a federal Constitution, with the Constitutional Assembly being rendered invalid after he and four other parliamentarians left the Assembly yesterday (19). Weerawansa stated this upon attending a press conference of the NFF at the […]

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New Constitution Forces behind the scene

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

By Ananda Ariyarathne Courtesy Ceylon Today Feeling proud about one’s own ‘ethnicity’ is a very normal human behaviour. It is applicable to any community. It is also natural for some to go to extremes. It becomes absurd only when such extremists become so self-centred and delve into their own dreams. When the military power of a […]

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NFF withdraws from constitutional assembly

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Courtesy The Daily Mirror A letter was handed over to the Speaker of Parliament stating that five members of the National Freedom front (NFF) representing the UPFA will withdraw from the constitutional assembly. The letter signed by MP’s Wimal Weerawansa, Weerakumara Dissnayake, Jayantha Smaraweera, Udayashantha Gunasekara and Niroshan Premarathna cited ten reasons for the decision. […]

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New Constitution will compromise our soldiers

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

By Prageeth Sampath Courtesy  Ceylon Today Joint Opposition and SLFP Member of Parliament Prasanna Ranatunga says that they have clearly set forth their stand that the Unitary State and the prominence accorded to Buddhism in the Constitution cannot be compromised in the new Constitution. Excerpts: Q: Why are you getting ready for a snap election? A: […]

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When paper tigers meet serious people

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy  Ceylon Today Last week the Mahanayake Theras of three sects declared that they are opposed to the drafting of a new Constitution. And this is seen as a serious setback for the government and the more liberal sections of government supporters seem to think that this was a serious blow to the […]

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New constitution not needed – Maha Nayake Theros

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana The Chief Incumbents of the three main Nikayas, who met this evening for a special discussion, unanimously decided that there is no need for a new Constitution. Maha Nayaka Theros and Anu Nayaka Theros of the Siyam Nikaya, Amarapura Nikaya and Ramanna Nikaya convened a special gathering today in order to discuss […]

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