Mangala violated collective Cabinet responsibility: JO
Posted on July 11th, 2016

Yohan Perera and Kelum Bandara Courtesy  Adaderana

The joint opposition today urged President Maithripala Sirisena to take action against Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera whom it accused of violating the collective responsibility of the Cabinet.

Joint opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardane told a media briefing held at parliamentary complex that Mr Samaraweera had challenged the President through his recent statement that the non-inclusion of foreign judges in the judicial mechanism to probe human rights violations was an opinion expressed by the President.

President is the head of the government and therefore has the power to appoint the cabinet. He announced the stand of the government with regard to foreign judges. However, the Minister expressed a different opinion and therefore it is a violation of collective responsibility of the Cabinet,” he said.

MP Dallas Alhaperuma who spoke about the shadow cabinet said its purpose of was to monitor the work of the minister. Shadow cabinet is a common concept in politics but the shadow cabinet of ours is different as we will be monitoring the work of the ministers” he said.

MP Bandula Gunawardhane who revealed the latest plans of the joint opposition with regard to VAT said a petition will be filled in courts against the VAT Amendment Bill which was presented in Parliament by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake last morning.

“The government had actually bulldozed Parliament by increasing VAT even before the Bill was passed” he said. 

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9 Responses to “Mangala violated collective Cabinet responsibility: JO”

  1. Ratanapala Says:

    Somebody must explain how Mangala Samaraweera immediately after Presidential Elections in 8 Jan 2015, went to Geneva and changed the entire Sri Lanka foreign policy up to that time without any discussion or consensus from the Sri Lanka Parliament.

    We the ordinary citizens need to know how important decisions regarding the nation can be taken at the whims and fancies of individual ministers.

    Was there an approval for him from the Sri Lankan Government, to accept the American Proposal in its entirety. At the time this happened even the Cabinet of the new Yahapalana Government was not yet formed and oaths taken.

  2. janakic Says:

    Unfortunately Mr. Sirisena agreed to be the common candidate to contest the 2015 Presidential election without understanding the background to the election. Although he had negotiations with the West for a regime regime, it appears he was not aware to the negotiations the West has had with other players such as Ranil, Mangala, Chandrika and TNA. It can also be that he was aware of the background but now stages a backflip to avoid a backlash from the electorate. On the other this drama can be staged by both Ranil and Sirisena so that the latter would appear to be the nice guy and make a claim that the former is compelled follow the President and dishonour his commitment to the West.

  3. Dilrook Says:

    This trio made a mockery of the JO with the Shadow Cabinet. They should not have done that.

    Sirisena is fully aware of what Mangala is doing. Probably all this is pre-staged. While Mangala is trying to win over the west, India and Tamils, Sirisena is trying to retain Sinhala support. However, they will end up losing all. It is the same story with the FCID, VAT and other unpopular deals. Sirisena puts the blame on the UNP while the UNP is happy as long as the SLFP is divided. This seems to be their plan.

  4. plumblossom Says:

    Not only this, the treacherous Ranil, Sirisena, CBK, Mangala, idiotic UNPers, those INGOs working for thousands of dollars and even the JVP are trying to dismember the country via constitutional changes. We patriotic Sri Lankans should demand a strong central government, no more powers to provincial councils, no merger between provinces, ideally abolition of the 13th amendment to the constitution and absolute safeguarding of the sovereignty of the country.

    The army did not commit any war crimes. it is the LTTE who committed war crimes. However, it is high time that Sri Lanka rejected the US imperialists UNHRC resolution and state at the UNHRC to leave Sri Lanka alone to get on with reconciliation as Sri Lanka sees fit.

    Actually Sri Lanka today being accused of committing war crimes by the US, UK, EU, Norway, Sweden, Canada, India etc. is very similar to the way Saddam Hussein and Iraq was accused of possessing non existent WMDs. Although Iraq did everything possible to show the US, UK, EU, Norway, Sweden, Canada etc. that it did not possess WMD it was bombed anyway, regime change brought about since Iraq has massive amounts of oil which the US, UK, EU, Norway, Sweden, Canada companies wanted to extract at cheap rates by bringing on a puppet regime. A similar scenario is unfolding in Sri Lanka since Sri Lanka is located at a strategic location, the US wanting to establish a naval/air base at Trincomalee, the US wanting to establish further US army, navy, air force bases in the island, mineral resources, marine resources, control of the Indian ocean sea routes etc. For this, the separatist, terroristic Tamils who are subservient to the US are who the US is favouring to help them with this task. This is why the US favours eelam. All patriotic Sri Lankans should therefore tell the government to withdraw from carrying out the US resolution and to tell the US to leave Sri Lanka alone.

  5. plumblossom Says:

    Sri Lanka needs a strong central government in the form of the executive presidency. It is the executive presidency which is keeping the unitary state together since provincial councils have now been provided powers. Therefore if the executive presidency is abolished, the provincial councils will become more powerful and the separatist terroristic TNA will try to break away using threats the North and the East. the PR system is the fairest system which means each vote counts. It is a very democratic system. We do not need any changes to the constitution. These changes to the constitution are only suggested to bring on stealthily a federal or a separate state by falsely labelling it as ‘unitary’ to hoodwink the idiotic Sinhala Buddhists. We do not need any changes to the constitution which is what the separatist terrorists of the TNA, US, UK, EU, Norway, Sweden and Canada wants to dismember this country. Also it is the executive presidential system which can easily carry out programmes to develop the country since otherwise there will be endless wranglings within the cabinet and in parliament about what path to follow for development to happen. A well meaning executive president can easily implement a reasonable and suitable programme to take the country forward. Another main reason to keep the executive presidency as it is to counter the separatist threat since a strong executive president can stop any treacherous activities which goes against the independence, freedom, sovereignty, unitary status etc. of the country since the executive president is elected directly by the people’s vote and is answerable to all the people of the country as a result. So for all these reasons, there is no need whatsoever to change the constitution. However the provincial councils should not be given any more powers, there should not be any merger between provinces, ideally the 13th amendment to the constitution should be abolished and there should be a strong central government if Sri Lanka is to move forward as a country and since it is a small country.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:


    If the Executive Presidency did not exist in Sri Lanka, guess who would be calling ALL the shots now?? RANIL, MANGALA, UNP and the TNA!

    Yes, the SAME RANIL who wanted to hand the North & East over to Prabhakaran before. Thank God that CBK, the Executive President then, was there to STOP that by dissolving the UNP government and calling for new elections!

    Even NOW, it is the Executive President Sirisena that is FOILING the WORST EXCESSES of Ranil and his UNP govt to sell Sri Lanka and its War Heroes to its enemies.

    The Executive President is elected by a SINGLE NATIONWIDE VOTE, in which the Sinhala Buddhist majority cannot be circumvented.

    For better or worse, sufficient Sinhala Buddhists voted for Sirisena to help oust MR. After all the woes that have befallen them since then, that Sinhala Buddhist majority will REVERSE COURSE in the next Presidential election and elect a MORE PATRIOTIC President who does not collaborate with the UNPatriotic Party.

    IN CONTRAST, Members of Parliament are elected to Parliament region by region, allowing minorities to capture seats with LOCAL MAJORITIES.

    A SIMPLE MAJORITY can allow a party to capture the Parliament and form the government. Without the Executive Presidency, the MINORITIES will then become the KINGMAKERS determining which major party will form the government, and for that help they will BLACKMAIL the major parties for CRITICAL CONCESSIONS, usually inimical to the integrity of the nation and the Sinhala majority.

    Together with the UNPatriotic Party, the MINORITIES will force the enactment all kinds of laws undermining the unitary nature of the country, and the essential interests of its Sinhala Buddhist majority.

    A simple majority of seats in Parliament will allow it to capture power, and a 2/3 majority … with MPs bribed with cars and otherperks and baubles … will allow them to AMEND THE CONSTITUTION … as we see happening NOW!

    NO! The EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY MUST BE RETAINED … for it gives the Sinhala Buddhist majority a VETO POWER over the activities of a corrupt PARLIAMENT orchestrated by Sri Lanka’s ENEMIES!

  7. jay-ran Says:


  8. plumblossom Says:

    In this eelam war of 26 years, over 65,000 Sinhala people and over 75,000 Muslim people were ethnically cleansed from the Northern province. I am sure they also suffered from PTSD due to this and having to live in temporary accommodation for over twenty six years. Also what about the over 360,000 Sinhala people in the East, over 560,000 Muslim people in the East and the over 1.2 million mainly Sinhala people in the North Central Province who had to live in fear being attacked by the LTTE terrorists due to they living in what were called threatened villagers. Over 6,000 mainly Sinhala civilians were massacred by the LTTE terrorists by these attacks as well as bombings. What about all the people in the entire country who had to live in fear of the LTTE terrorists suicide bombings, large scale bomb attacks in Colombo, attacks in installations like the Katunayake airport, the Colombo world trade centre, oil storage facilities to name a few? The LTTE also attacked civilians using claymore mines and IED devices set up along road roadsides which also affected civilians, especially ISnhala civilians in the East and the North Central Province. So all these civilians would have also suffered from PTSD. What about the over 35,000 of the Sri Lankan Forces, Police Force members, Civil Defence Force members who were killed by the LTTE terrorists? What about the over ten thousand Sri Lanka Forces members who are disabled? All of them too must be suffering from PTSD. So this doctor should write about all these victims too not just LTTErs and some Tamil people in the North only. Actually the entire country must be suffering from PTSD to one degree or another due to the LTTE terrorist activities and war. The doctor should also write about these victims too.

  9. plumblossom Says:

    Sri Lanka should tell the US that Sri Lanka cannot abide by the UNHRC resolution. The Sri Lankan Army did not commit any war crimes. It is the LTTE terrorists who committed war crimes throughout 26 years of war. No country with an ounce of self respect will place their army in harms way to be tried by a court domestic or hybrid of war crimes the army did not commit in anyway. If individual soldiers committed any crimes, a complaint can be placed in a court of law in Sri Lanka. Why is there a need for special judicial procedures? This government is a puppet of the US, EU, UK, Norway, Sweden, Canada and India and is so subservient to US interests that it is ready to try its own armed forces for crimes that the armed forces did not commit. All the while, the LTTE terrorists who committed war crimes are being shown as totally innocent. Using the ploy of wanting a new constitution which almost all Sri Lankans don’t want, this treacherous government is trying to create a separate state in the guise of a federal state as the TNA separatist terrorists and the US, EU, UK, Norway, Sweden, Canada and India wants. Sri Lanka should tell the US that Sri Lanka cannot abide by the UNHRC resolution. The worst that the US, UK, EU, Sweden, Norway and India can do is impose sanctions on Sri Lanka. So what? Sri Lanka can trade with all the countries of Asia and the rest of the world even if the US, UK, EU, Norway, Sweden and India imposes sanctions. Sri Lanka can grow rice, we have jack fruit, bananas, bread fruit and plenty of water too. So we will not starve just because the US, UK, EU, Sweden, Norway and India imposes sanctions. Also since we can trade with the powerful economies of Asia which includes the Middle East, South East Asia, South Asia, the Far East and Central Asia as well as the rest of the world, actually, we may be OK economically too despite any sanctions imposed by the US, EU, UK, Norway, Sweden, Canada and India. However by avoiding implementing the unjust UNHRC resolution, Sri Lanka will safeguard its independence and freedom which is the most important thing for the next thousands of years as we have safeguarded our independence and freedom for at least the last 2600 years and avoid the creation of a separate state or eelam in the guise of a federal state. So Sri Lanka must very urgently tell the US that we will not abide by the unjust UNHRC resolution but carry out our own domestic process of reconciliation as we see fit. Let the imperialist US impose sanctions. Nothing much will happen to our economy since we can trade with the powerful economies of Asia and the rest of the world instead but Sri Lanka would have preserved its independence and freedom for the next thousands of years and avoid the partition of the country and the creation of a separate state which will be Sri Lanka’s end.

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