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Stay order preventing action against Gotabaya extended

The stay order issued by the Appeal Court, preventing the FCID from taking action against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa under the Public Property Act, has been further extended until February 28. The FCID had lodged a case against the former Defence Secretary for the misappropriation of public funds for …

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Some SLFP Ministers to join UNP

Some Ministers belonging to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are planning to team up with the United National Party(UNP) to form the new coalition government, while others are trying to align with the opposition. The two parties are trying to part ways, in the aftermath of the electoral defeat …

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Hung LG bodies cause headache for political parties

Executive Director of Transparency International Sri Lanka Asoka Obesekere has warned of political turmoil for want of a particular party gaining absolute majority in about 160 local government bodies at just concluded local government polls.   Countrywide elections were held for 340 local government bodies. Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha is the …

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Travel ban on Namal Rajapaksa temporarily lifted

The court has temporarily lifted the travel ban imposed on Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court  upon consideration of a request put forward by Namal Rajapaksa granted permission for the MP to travel abroad. The travel ban was imposed following his arrest for allegedly obtaining Rs. 70 million from …

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Propose single-party govt by UNP backbenches

A group of UNP Backbench MPs have proposed internal changes to the United National Party (UNP) and to form a single-party government, a move which could see an abrupt end to the incumbent unity government of the UNP and SLFP. A group of junior MPs of the United National Party …

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Poll monitors call of urgent campaign finance reforms

Noting that Saturday’s election was held in a peaceful manner, election monitors on Sunday urged the government to immediately introduce campaign finance laws to ensure that affluent candidates will not be able to bribe voters in coming elections.   Executive Director of People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) …

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Prez meets PM

A special meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was held at the President’s official residence at Mahagama Sekara Mawatha in Colombo 7 last night on the current political situation in the country in the wake of the local government elections, informed sources said. They said the …

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UNP will continue govt; parties that wish may join – Malik

The United National Party (UNP) says that it will continue the government for the remainder of its term, amidst signs the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is set to leave the unity government following defeat at the local government polls. The UNP will continue the government for the next two-and-a-half …

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