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Manifestation of broken promises

Promising rice from the moon was the nadir of election promises in this country. That clearly over-the-top election pledge made in 1970 to woo the voters has yet to be matched. Today’s voters need to be somewhat wary over these often broken promises, many of which still get into the manifestos of contending parties. The [...]

The tide is turning, so must the TNA

The Northern Province, often crying out for greater autonomy, was a virtual ‘one party’ political entity for years. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of the former Federal Party and other parties, ruled the roost. Not anymore. The only challenge the TNA faced was from the EPDP (Eelam People’s Democratic Party), a one-time guerrilla [...]

Affronts to the electoral process

In most born-again democracies — countries which have escaped from the grip of long totalitarian rule –in Eastern Europe a few decades ago, some in Africa and more recently in West Asia, voters at their first elections would display their index finger to show the indelible ink painted on it as a proud symbol of [...]

President down but not out

President Maithripala Sirisena created a record this week. He is the first political party president in this country to have taken his own party to court. There have been numerous instances in which party deputies have gone to court against the leadership – J.R. Jayewardene (UNP), Maithripala Senanayake (SLFP) a few decades ago and some [...]

Leaders passing the buck to the voters

There is this old joke of how a man wanted to serve his country and thought one way would be to get elected to the country’s Parliament. So, he got himself nomination from a political party, and was duly elected. He went to Parliament and returned home after 30 days. “Martha,” he said to his [...]

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