The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 8, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 246

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Mahinda is the Best Candidate- Amarasiri Dodamgoda
Saroj Pathirana in London. Saturday 08/12/01 1910 GMT

Hambantota district leader and former Fisheries minister Mahinda Rajapaksha is the most suitable candidate for the post of the Leader of the Opposition, a senior member of the Peoples’ Alliance (PA) said. " If a person like Mahinda, who is close to the ordinary people, take over the leadership people will again gather around the PA" Galle district parliamentarian and former Vocational Training minister Amarasiri Dodamgoda told The Lanka Academic.

Mr. Ddamgoda said that it was the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) who gained from the loss of the ex-ruling party. " Many PA supporters voted for the JVP this time. Together with those votes, the PA would have won the Galle district" PA’s first Chief Minister of the Southern Province said when asked why the party lost whole Province, which is considered as a left-wing stronghold.

" The PA’s election mechanism was wrong. The leadership wanted to satisfy certain individuals rather than addressing the voters’ concerns. The election campaign was carried out by a group of individuals close to the leadership who did not have a clue on the electorate." He told BBC’s Sandeshaya.

Commenting on the downfall of former Post and Telecommunications minister Indika Gunawardhana, Mr. Dodamgoda said that the same error of judgement has been identified. Mr. Gunawardhana contested from the PA ticket representing the Sri Lanka Communist Party (CP). " Though he is member of the CP, he was far away from the comrades".
Published: Sat Dec 8 14:12:06 EST 2001


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Ranil invites PA to join govt.
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 10.30 PM SLT Saturday December 8,2001. Mr.Ranil Wickremesinghe,who is to be sworn in as Sri Lankan Prime Minister here on sunday at 2.30 pm,had told President Chandrika Kumaratunga that he would like her Peoples' Alliance (PA) to join his government to give it strength and stability as a "National Government." An informed source in the top echelons of the United National Party (UNP) said that the PA's leadership did not pooh pooh the idea but said that for the time being,they would like to sit in the opposition.The chances of the PA revising its stand in the weeks and months to come,were bright,the source said. The UNP is bothered by the fact that it has only 114 members even in its incarnation as the United National Front (UNF)... Back to the top

Ranil Wickremesinghe to take oaths as Prime Minister tomorrow afternoon
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1836 slt 08.12.01. UNF leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is to take oaths as Prime Minister tomorrow afternoon, party sources told lacnet news... Back to the top

Mahinda Rajapaksa announces his candidacy for opposition leader
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1828 slt 08.12.01. The former Minister of ports and shipping and PA member of parliament for Hambantota Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced his candidacy for the post of leader of opposition... Back to the top

UNF draws up plans for million strong demonstration amidst signs that President may not transfer power
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1649 slt 08.12.01. The United National Front and its allies who won a decisive victory in the December 5th General Elections have drawn up plans bring a million people to Colombo amidst reports that President Kumaratunga will insist that she remains the defence minister... Back to the top

Act impartially, Chandrika tells armed forces
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Dec. 8. (PTI). In what appeared to be the beginning of a power tussle, chastened Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga issued a special directive to armed forces asserting that she continued to be their commander and would brook no undermining of her authority as Opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe, whose party won the elections, prepared to form the government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka moderate Tamils mull support for new government
Yahoo/IANS, 09 December 2001. Sri Lanka's moderate Tamil parties are considering supporting the new government led by former opposition United National Party (UNP), which has pledged to revive peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Curfew lifted, reimposed in Sri Lanka
123India.com, Dec 08 2001 23:00 IST. Curfew, which was lifted here on Saturday morning, was re-imposed as a precautionary measure fearing riots might erupt following the bloodiest ever elections held in the Island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's new PM to visit India
123India.com, Dec 08 2001 20:55 IST. Sri Lanka's Prime minister-elect Ranil Wickremesinghe said Saturday that he will travel to neighbouring India this month for talks with Indian leaders... Back to the top

Sri Lanka set for co-habitation talks amid curfew
123India.com, 08 December 2001. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga was set for face-to-face talks Saturday with her main rival and premier-elect as curfews were reimposed in the wake of the island's bloodiest-ever election... Back to the top

Ranatunga scores victory on political field too
123India.com, Dec 08 2001 23:00 IST. Arjuna Ranatunga, who won the first cricket World Cup for Sri Lanka in 1996, has won yet another battle, though in politics... Back to the top

Chandrika asks opposition to form govt
Dawn, COLOMBO, Dec 7. Sri Lanka's main opposition leader was invited Friday to form a new government as a curfew was imposed to tackle post-election violence that claimed at least another three lives... Back to the top

Sri Lankan tourism board asks visitors to come back
123India.com, Dec 08 2001 11:16 IST. Sri Lanka's tourist chiefs wasted no time Saturday in asking visitors to return to the island following a violent general election which left 46 people dead... Back to the top

Ducks have a field day in Sri Lanka vote
123India, December 8. Six independent groups and one recognised political party are in the running for the dubious honour of obtaining the lowest number of votes in Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wrap up match against Zimbabwe in record time
Yahoo Singapore, december 8. Chaminda Vaas finished with a world-beating eight wickets as Sri Lanka skittled Zimbabwe out for a record-low 38 runs in the tri-series one-day opener here... Back to the top

US condemns Sri Lanka election violence
123India.com, Dec 08 2001 04:11 IST. The United States condemned a rash of violence which marred Sri Lanka's election campaign Friday, but said the vote, which set up an uneasy cohabitation between the president and new prime minister, appeared free and fair... Back to the top

EU monitors appalled by Sri Lankan president's revenge remarks
123India.com, Dec 07 2001 19:50 IST. A European Union poll observer team Friday expressed grave concern over election-related violence in Sri Lanka and said they were appalled that President Chandrika Kumaratunga had justified revenge attacks during the campaign... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Gets New Prime Minister
Nothern Light, Saturday, December 08, 2001 3:51 AM EST . Ranil Wickremesinghe, named Friday as Sri Lanka's next prime minister, wanted to be journalist, but entered politics after his family's publishing empire was nationalized by a socialist government... Back to the top

First Ever Buddhist Monk enters Sri Lankan Parliament
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 07/12/01 1230 GMT. First ever Buddhist monk, in the history of Sri Lanka’s over fifty years of parliamentary democracy, has been elected to the twelfth parliament... Back to the top

JVP shows massive increase
Tamilnet, December 7. The final results of the elections to Sri Lanka's 12th Parliament showed an upswing in popularity not only for the United National Party but also most remarkably in favour of the radical Marxist Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president seeks co-operation with new PM
123India.com, Dec 07 2001 21:57 IST. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Friday expressed willingness to cooperate with her bitter rival Ranil Wickremesinghe who will become the new prime minister after his party won the country's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Never ending curfews in Sri Lanka
NewIndPress, December 7. It WAS all over other than the shouting. President Chandrika Kumaratunga had already invited Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for talks on the formation of the next government, though the final results were yet to be declared... Back to the top

Dayananda Dissanayake stands tall
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.20 p.m Friday 7 December. Commissioner of Elections Dayananda Dissanayake delivering his address after the conclusion of the elections said that he was glad that he and his staff could conduct a fair election despite threats, intimidation and insults... Back to the top

"UNP-LTTE nexus theory fails to impress Sri Lankans"
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Dec. 7. (PTI). With the United National Party (UNP) winning a comfortable majority in the Sri Lankan Parliament, it has become clear that the theory of a UNP-LTTE "nexus" flaunted by the People's Allinace during election campaign had failed to stir the voters, a UNP spokesman said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's blunt new premier pledges pragmatism
MSNBC, december 7. Sri Lanka's prime minister-elect Ranil Wickremesinghe, is an unlikely veteran of the tough and dangerous world of Sri Lankan politics... Back to the top

Elections Commissioner calls for urgent steps to end election violence
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1700 slt 07.12.01. Elections Commissioner Dayananda De Sliva today called for urgent steps to end violence during campaigning and on polling... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Ranatunga scores but team bowled out
MSNBC, december 7. Sri Lanka's cricket World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga won a seat in the parliamentary election on Friday but will sit in opposition after his party was bowled out of government... Back to the top

Prime Minister elect to meet president tomorrow
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1635 slt 07.12.01. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has invited Prime Minister elect Ranil Wickremesinghe for a meeting at 5.30 PM tomorrow... Back to the top

Lohan Ratwatte flees Sri Lanka
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.35 p.m. SLT Friday December 7. Lohan Ratwatte, son of former Deputy Defence Minister Anuruddha Ratwatte was booked to leave Sri Lanka on Emirates Airlines flight number EK 815 departing from Colombo at 0045 hrs SLT bound for Male today... Back to the top

Prime Minister elect calls for peace
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1550 slt 07.12.01. Prime Minister elect in a has called for peace and requested his supporters to refrain from holding demonstration or rallies to mark the victory... Back to the top

Premier Rathnasiri Wickremanayake resigns
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.55 a.m. SLT Friday December 7. Premier Rathnasiri Wickremanayake resigned today as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Premier Concedes Election
Nothern Light, Friday, December 07, 2001 5:00 AM EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Promising open markets, economic development and peace talks with separatist rebels, the opposition United National Party won Sri Lanka's bloodiest parliamentary elections, government and opposition officials said Friday... Back to the top

Commissioner decides to conclude the general elections after meeting party leaders
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1424 slt 07.12.01. The election commissioner has decided to conclude the general elections after discussions with general secretaries of all political parties... Back to the top

Curfew reimposed amidst scattered post election violence
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1422 slt 07.12.01. The government reimposed a curfew through out the country from 3 pm till 6 am tomorrow amidst reports of post elections violence in some districts... Back to the top

Prime Minister concedes victory and resigns
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1503 slt 07.12.01. Prime Minister Ratanasiri Wickremenayake has tendered his resignation after conceding victory to the United National Front in the December 5th General Elections... Back to the top

Commissioner decides to conclude the general elections after meeting party leaders
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1424 slt 06.12.01. The election commissioner has decided to conclude the general elections after discussions with general secretaries of all political parties... Back to the top

Curfew reimposed amidst scattered post election violence
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1422 slt 06.12.01. The government reimposed a curfew through out the country from 3 pm till 6 am tomorrow amidst reports of post elections violence in some districts... Back to the top

Islandwide curfew from 3.00 p.m
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.17 p.m Friday 7 December. An islandwide curfew has been imposed with effect from 3.00 p... Back to the top

Two killed in post-election violence in Sri Lanka
123India, December 7. At least two people were shot dead when rival Tamil political parties clashed in northern Sri Lanka Friday shortly after election results were announced there, officials said... Back to the top

7 LTTE men killed in Lanka fighting
TOI, December 7. Sri Lanka's army launched a major attack on Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's east - killing at least seven rebels, the defence ministry said Friday... Back to the top

Crushing defeat for Chandrika, UNP cashes on economic mess
NewIndpress, December 7. The Colombo streets are silent. There are no victory marches... Back to the top

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