Along with the change of government that took place after the November 16 presidential election there is a sense of strong government and an uncertainty about what the parameters of free space will be.
What they want is a two-thirds majority in Parliament that would allow them to change the Constitution and remove the shackles imposed by the 19th Amendment
The vote revealed that the minority-dominated North and East voted heavily against Rajapaksa and the majority South for him
The race appears to be closer this week with the principle candidates sprinting to the finish. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is said to be ahead and the younger challenger, Sajith Premadasa closing in fast.
In twelve days’ time, Sri Lankans will go to the polls to choose a new president in what increasingly looks like a very crucial election.
On 26th October 2018, a great bolt hits us from an unexpected void. Things changed in giddying succession in a humbling reminder that saints can turn villain at lightning speed. This essay is about remembering not to forget what Maithripala Sirisena did in October 2018 and what Ranil Wickremesinghe has forgotten in October 2019.
Presidential elections are about the candidate. The party is incidental to the process. That explains the curious, yet, familiar phenomenon of candidates creating or structuring parties in their own image during presidential elections.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa at his first Press Conference as a Presidential Candidate was asked whether the White Van culture that existed during the past regime would come back if he becomes President.
A successful election campaign today would be one that leads the people on current issues rather than abolishing the executive presidency, argues Jehan Perera.
The nation has reached a watershed moment – a matter that has escaped the comics whom we trusted and voted for in 2015 to abolish the aberration of the executive presidency.