The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 247

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DID FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS OCCUR IN SRI LANKA? Read more about how the election in Sri Lanka was conducted at the LAcNet Election Compendium

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Chandrika, Ranil at loggerheads
Gulf-News, 10 December 2001. President Chandrika Kumara-tunga and the new prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, already at odds over power sharing are believed to have had a less than cordial interaction yesterday after the new prime minister was sworn in. Senior sources in the outgoing administration said that the president has told the prime minister that she does not have to approve a national government between the ruling United National Party and PA at this early stage. The sources said, she told the prime minister to liaise and stay in contact with former premier Ratnasiri Wickramanayake to discuss possibilities of cooperation. But the much more contentious issue of Wickremesinghe wanting to strip Kumaratunga of all the ministries she holds, including defence and finance is at the heart of the tussle. More...
Published: Sun Dec 9 17:15:48 EST 2001

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Ranil sworn in, no Cabinet yet
Hindu, December 9. The leader of the United National Party (UNP), Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in Prime Minister this afternoon, said he would consult all parties before forming the Cabinet... Back to the top

New Prime Minister calls for unity and an end to divisive politics
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1555 slt 09.12.01. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today called for unity and an end to the divisive political culture... Back to the top

Ranil to replace ambassadors in India and Norway
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 10.34 PM SLT Sunday December 9,2001. A change of guard in Sri Lanka's embassies in New Delhi and Oslo is on the cards... Back to the top

Sampanthan tells new PM to fulfil TNA demands
Tamilnet, 10 December 2001. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Sunday told the new Prime Minister Mr... Back to the top

Ranil sworn in as Lankas new PM
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 2. 50 p.m Sunday 9 December=20. United National Party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka's new prime minister before President Chandrika Kumaratunge shortwhile ago... Back to the top

Security forces told to clamp down on violence
Gulf-News, 10 December 2001. President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called on the police and armed forces to take tough action against those attempting to create post-election violence and appealed to the public to maintain law and order in the country... Back to the top

Tamil parties in Sri Lanka to wait and watch
Deccan Herald, December 10. The four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA), led by the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) which has won 15 seats in the elections to the 225-member Sri Lankan Parliament, expects United National Party Prime Minister-designate Ranil Wickremasinghe and People’s Alliance executive President Chandrika Kumaratunga to evolve a common position on the ethnic question that will be acceptable to the LTTE... Back to the top

PA to elect new leader
Gulf-News, 10 December 2001. The Sri Lankan opposition Peoples Alliance (PA) was preparing to re-elect a new leader, customary practice for defeated parties following a loss at a general election... Back to the top

Astrologers go underground as stars return opposition to power, 10 December 2001. Sri Lankan seers who predicted a victory for President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party were in hiding Sunday as the man they wrote off as a loser was sworn in as the country's new Prime Minister... Back to the top

Sri Lanka re-imposes night curfew, Dec 09 2001 20:34 IST. Sri Lanka announced a night curfew across the island amid sporadic post-election violence as the new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in, officials said... Back to the top

Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lankan prime minister
Ananova, December 9. Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as prime minister of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Indian Prime Minister congratulates Prime Minister elect
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1230 slt 09.12.01. Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee has send a letter to Prime Minister elect Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulating him on the election victory... Back to the top

Private TV banned from swearing-in
Gulf-News, 10 December 2001. State television Rupavahini and private stations broadcast live coverage from a place of worship but not the swearing-in ceremony from president's house... Back to the top

India among first to congratulate new Sri Lankan PM, Dec 09 2001 15:02 IST. - Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was one of the first leaders to congratulate Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in Sunday... Back to the top

Shocking details of plot to kill SB
Sunday Times, December 9. The courage and dedication to duty of a Sub Inspector of Police appears to have saved former People's Alliance stalwart and now United National Front campaigner S... Back to the top

Chandrika issues special directive to armed forces
Deccan Herald, 09 December 2001. 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 government... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

Kandy Election violence
Yahoo/Reuters, 09 December 2001. Sri Lankan Muslims carry the body of a victim of clashes with an armed gang in the village of Madawala near the central hill city of Kandy 112 km (70 miles) from Colombo on December 6, 2001... Back to the top

New Sri Lankan premier charters tough course
MSNBC, 10 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is an unlikely veteran of the tough and dangerous world of Sri Lankan politics... Back to the top

Protesters demand arrest of former defence official's son
Gulf-News, 09 December 2001. Pressure mounted yesterday on President Chandrika Kumaratunga who continues to be the country's Defence Minister, to arrest her former deputy defence minister's son... Back to the top

Wickremesinghe's may opt for conflict management than resolution
Yahoo/IANS, 09 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new government led by Ranil Wickremesinghe is likely to opt for conflict management, rather than a quick resolution, of the festering ethnic conflict to give a respite to the island from years of war... Back to the top

New equations open up after the elections
Gulf-News, 09 December 2001. The drubbing received in Wednesday's elections by the pro-government Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) at the hands of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has opened new equations in the complicated politics of northern Sri Lanka... 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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

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