Sri Lanka Muslims to field first separate Muslim candidate in coming Presidential elections
Posted on July 12th, 2019

Colombo, 12 July, (Asiantribune.com):

For the first time in Sri Lankan Presidential elections history, a Muslim candidate who will not represent any mainstream political party but will only represent the Muslims of the country, is set to come forward as a candidate.

Well informed Muslim political sources said that all Muslim political parties will back a separate Muslim Presidential candidate who would likely be nominated by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) on behalf of all Muslim parties.

The Muslim parties are likely to form a loose coalition at Presidential elections so that the Muslim voter-base would not split and would rally around only one nominated Muslim candidate, the sources added.

According to these sources, it was this consensus that also led to the sudden mass resignation of Muslim Ministers on June 3, who said they were all stepping down in protest against the targeting of a single Muslim politician, leader of ACMC (and former Minister) Rishad Bathiudeen.

“Even Muslim Ministers of UNP who were voted-in by the Sinhalese voters resigned unexpectedly on June 3 with Muslim Ministers who were voted in by Muslim votes. The undisclosed political development of a forthcoming separate Muslim candidate was the reason for their resignation, which was not known to the public at that time. Everyone was led to believe that all Muslim Ministers were standing in unity with Minister Bathiudeen when they resigned” sources added.

When it was asked that “Since a Muslim candidate separately contesting will not be able to secure sufficient votes to become the President of the country, what is the purpose of nominating such a separate Muslim candidate?”

The reliable source within SLMC said “It is well known that such a separate Muslim candidate cannot win the Presidential election alone. We clearly understand this. The expectation of the Muslim candidate is that he/she will show that he/she has the majority Muslim votes of the country, and he/she, representing the Muslims in the country, will start to bargain with the mainstream candidate who is most likely to be the winner in the Presidential election. He/she will therefore be able to do this negotiation for Lankan Muslims in a bigger capacity than a standard Muslim Cabinet Minister or a usual Muslim party leader.”

Sources further told that, Once the mainstream candidate who is likely to be the winner agrees to the demands of our Muslim Presidential candidate, then our Muslim candidate would either withdraw from his candidacy and pledge his and his Muslim voters’ support to this mainstream candidate or, call all Muslim voters to mark “the mainstream candidate who is likely to be the winner” as their “second preference” in their ballot papers.”

– Asian Tribune –

3 Responses to “Sri Lanka Muslims to field first separate Muslim candidate in coming Presidential elections”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    This will not happen.

    Minorities shamelessly vote at Sinhala only presidential elections.

    If minorities (who have a big problem with “Sinhala only” elsewhere) had dignity, they should field their own candidates at the presidential election or boycott it.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Add these names to the LIST OF CANDIDATES:

    13 Sri Lankans among 7030 Interpol wanted fugitives with Red Notices
    But fugitive ex CB Governor Dr. Arjuna Mahendran not among them

    July 12, 2019, 9:11 pm

    By PRIYAN DE SILVA

    The official INTERPOL website on Friday (12) showed that among the 7030 Public Red Notices for individuals in circulation there were 13 Sri Lankans wanted for crimes committed in Sri Lanka, India, Romania and Canada.

    However, there is still no red notice for our fugitive ex-Central Bank Governor Dr. Arjuna Mahendran, who is said to have masterminded the biggest financial scam in the country.

    According to INTERPOL Red Notices are issued for fugitives wanted either for prosecution or to serve a sentence. A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.

    Last June that Ahamed Milhan Hayathu Mohamed, a 29-year-old Sri Lankan national, alleged to be one of the ringleaders in the 21 April bomb attacks in Sri Lanka and wanted on charges, including terrorism and murder, was arrested in the Middle East and extradited to Sri Lanka, along with four other suspects after Sri Lanka alerted Interpol.

    Notices are international alerts used by police to communicate information about crimes, criminals and threats to their counterparts around the world. They are circulated by INTERPOL to all member countries at the request of a country or an authorized international entity. The information disseminated via notices concerns individuals wanted for serious crimes, missing persons, unidentified bodies,

    possible threats, prison escapes and criminals’ modus operandi. Notices offer high visibility for serious crimes or incidents

    In addition to Red Notices INTERPOL issues Blue, Green, Yellow, Black, Orange, INTERPOL – UN Security Council special notices, Purple notices and Diffusions.

    Notices and diffusions contain two main types of information: identity details (physical description, photograph, fingerprints, identity document numbers, etc.) and judicial information (offence with which the person is charged; references to the laws under which the charge is made or conviction was obtained; references to the arrest warrant or court sentence, etc.)

    The 13 Sri Lankans on whom Interpol Red Notices were in circulation as at Friday (12) are:

    1. Nadaraja Sivaraj (45) wanted by Sri Lanka for aiding and abetting to assassinate former Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar

    2. Viknarasa Selvanathan (31) wanted by Sri Lanka for Murder and Robbery

    3. De Zoysa, Jagamuni Sajeewa (34) wanted by Sri Lanka for murder.

    4. Anthony, Emil Luxmi Kanthan (42) wanted by Sri Lanka for criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation.

    5. Munisamy Tharmaseelan (46) wanted by India for the possession of 2 hand grenades and 200 live ammunition.

    6. Kumaraswamy Navaneethan (48) wanted by Romania for murder.

    7. Ranjan Maran Udayakumar (53) wanted by India for cheating and criminal conspiracy

    8. Mohamed Powmi (57) wanted by India for counterfeit currency and common intent.

    9. Rmasamy Alageshan Madhawan wanted by India for cheating, forging, criminal conspiracy, passport tampering and under the Foreigners Act.

    10. Manickavasagar Vigayarajah (38) wanted by Canada for first degree murder.

    11. Nihaal (57) wanted by India for illegal possession of Heroin.

    12. M K M Ramzi Mohamed wanted by India for criminal conspiracy, cheating with dishonesty inducing the delivery of property, forging.

    13. Tharmalingam Shanmugam Kumaran (64) wanted by India for criminal conspiracy, violation of the Terrorism Act and the India Explosives Act

    As on Friday (12th) there were 7166 Yellow Notices in Circulation of which two were on Sri Lankans

    1. Ganeshamoorthy Kajanthiny (34) of Jaffna who disappeared in Seraing at the age of 24

    2. Gayindu Kithmuka Madurapperuma (16) who disappeared in Colombo at the age of 5

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    NOT QUITE ENOUGH, my dear Muslim Ministers!

    Before Muslims are entitled to field a candidate for the President of Sri Lanka, as a COMMUNITY they must demonstrate a committment to JOIN the OTHER LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS of Sri Lanka without demanding SPECIAL RIGHTS for themselves.

    To that end,

    1. Make Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act comply with the Marraige and Divorce laws of other ALL other citizens! Eliminate underage marraiges, require CONSENT, Eliminate MULTIPLE wives, Require LAWFUL divorces in the Sri Lankans courts under the same laws as other citizens; not merely intoning I Divorce Thee 3 times, Require fair and just DIVISION of marital assets upon Divorce or Death of husband.

    2. Ban Wahabi relipogion from Sri Lanka, Ban intolerant sermons at mosques and madrassas. Bring ALL Muslim schools under government supervision.

    3. Ban the imposition of Halal food standards on non-Muslim communities and the public’s food supply. If Muslims want, let them eat Halal foods, but leave non-Muslim communities alone!

    4. Ban Sharia Law from Sri Lanka. One ONE LAW, the Law of the Sri Lanka State, shoulod exist and apply in Sri Lanka.

    5. Ban Sharia lending: The same lending policies and practices should prevail throughout Sri Lanka, and they should be available and apply to ALL Sri Lankan citizens!

    6. Ban/Limit FREQUENT and LOUD CALLS to Prayer from the Mosques. Limit the building of Mosques in Sri Lanka

    7. Ban the practice of Muslim majority Muslim controlled towns and villages from preventing non-Muslim citizens from settling and engaging in business. No COMMUNAL local administrations should be allowed to exist in Sri Lanka. We want ONE NATION of ONE People under ONE system of Laws ENFORCED IMPARTIALLY!

    8. Ban intolerant Muslim Wahhabi preachers/teachers from coming to Sri Lanka.

    9 Bring the Sharia University in Batticaloa into the University of Sri Lanka system. Demolish/Moodify the Arab-Style buildings and landscaping to be compatible with Sri Lankan culture. Ban the Arabization of Sri Lanka by stealth!

    10. Ban ALL Foreign NGOs who act against the Sri Lankan heritage, indigenous religions, and national security. Send these BUGGERS HOME!

    Sri Lanka Muslim MPs decide to amend Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act

    Sat, Jul 13, 2019

    July 13, Colombo: Muslim parliamentarians of Sri Lanka have decided to amend several core articles in the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) including articles governing minimum age limit for marriage & woman�s consent MP and President’s Counsel Faiszer Musthapha announced today.

    “I am pleased to announce that the following amendments to the Muslim Marriage Act were unanimously agreed upon yesterday after discussions with all the Sri Lankan Muslim parliamentarians,” the MP tweeted.

    Under the current Muslim law in Sri Lanka a girl can be married without her consent as soon as she comes of age. Her parents have the authority to declare her marriageable.

    The Muslim MPs have decided to amend the MMDM so that the age of marriage for both the bride and the groom should be 18 years

    Furthermore, the bride should sign the Register of Marriage as a sign of her consent. The MPs have also decided to upgrade the required qualification for a ‘Kadi’, an Islamic judge to Attorney-at-Law and allow female Kadis, women who will adjudicate family law of Muslims.

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