The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 248

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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's security tightened
Gulf-News, 11 December 2001. President Chandrika Kumaratunga surrounded herself with armoured cars and soldiers as fears of a mass uprising demanding her removal as the country's defence minister began gathering momentum. Yesterday morning her trusted Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar advised her to hand over the portfolio to the prime minister and remain commander-in-chief of the armed forces as the constitution provides, without entering into a confrontation course that could lead to further instability in the country. More...
Published: Mon Dec 10 17:32:12 EST 2001
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Election 2001 Live Coverage

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TLA Poll: Election 2001
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PA may split on National Government issue
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 11.21 PM SLT Monday December 10,2001. The opposition Peoples' Alliance (PA) may split on the question of joining or keeping out of the all-party Government of National Reconciliation (GNR) proposed by the ruling United National Party (UNP) leader and the new Prime Minister Mr... Back to the top

Power-sharing rejected as Sri Lanka PM finalises cabinet
123India, December 10. Sri Lanka's new prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe finalised his cabinet on his first full day in office Monday as the main opposition rejected his offer of power-sharing in a cohabitation government... Back to the top

No choice, Chandrika Cooperation, not confrontation, is the national verdict - An Editorial
Indian Express, December 10. THE voters in Sri Lanka have shown greater maturity than their leaders in the just-concluded parliamentary election... Back to the top

Ranil's move for national govt. suffers setback
Hindu, 11 December 2001. The new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, was in talks today with several parties for the formation of an all- party ``government of national reconciliation'', but there seemed to be no takers for the idea... Back to the top

UNF and SLFP agree to cooperate on solving ethnic crisis.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2008 slt 10.12.01. The UNF and the SLFP agreed today hold regular discussions aimed at ending the ethnic crisis... Back to the top

SC orders compensation to torture victims
TamilNet, December 10. The Supreme Court Monday directed the State to pay 500,000 rupees as compensation to a Vavuniya Tamil youth, stating that his fundamental rights (FR) had been violated by the security forces when he being detained at Vavuniya army camp... Back to the top

Ruined Buddhas not alone in bearing Taliban's wrath
San Jose Mercury News, December 9, 2001. The 1,500-year-old giant Buddhas perished in this storied valley; Hundreds of years from now this may be the single footnote the Taliban carries into the annals of time... Back to the top

Parliament to meet on 17 December
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.15 p.m Monday 10 December. New parliament is to meet on 17 December state television Rupavahini announced in its nightly news bulletin while ago... Back to the top

Media Turn Blind Eye to Post Election Violence - PA
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 10/12/01 1215 GMT. Victorious United National Party (UNP) has turned to their old tactics of assaulting and intimidating the supporters of the defeated, a spokesman of the Peoples Alliance (PA) said... Back to the top

Fowzie willing to join a national government
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.35 p.m Monday 10 December. Former Peoples Alliance minister and senior SLFP member A.H.M. Fowzie expressed his willingness today to join a national government... Back to the top

SLFP will not join a national Government says Mangala Samaraweera
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1914 slt 10.12.01. SLFP media spokesman former Minister Managala Samaraweera said today that the SLFP will not join a national government... Back to the top

Fixed Focus- IMF Comments
LankaBuisnessOnline, December 10. The International Monetary Fund said the new UNP government should focus on structural reforms and deregulations, rather than initiating heavy capital expenditure to revive the sluggish economy... Back to the top

People smuggler crew hunted
Age, 11 December 2001. Authorities were yesterday searching for signs of the crew of a boat carrying 69 Sri Lankan asylum seekers that arrived at the Cocos Islands over the weekend... Back to the top

TNL to sue Balapatbendi
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.20 p.m Monday 10 December. TNL TV has decided to sue K. Balapatabendi secretary to the president for not granting them permission to cover the swearing in ceremony of prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe yesterday... Back to the top

Ranil cabinet taking shape
Gulf-News, 11 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has reportedly finalised his cabinet, official sources said, adding that the key defence and finance portfolios have already been decided even as a formal meeting due to take place between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the prime minister was postponed at the last moment... 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

First post-election political bickering surfaces in Sri Lanka
MSNBC, 10 December 2001. In a first sign of a post-election power struggle in Sri Lanka, the prime minister's United National Party asked the president not to interfere with its formation of a Cabinet... Back to the top

Power-sharing rejected as Sri Lanka PM grapples with cabinet, 10 December 2001. Sri Lanka's main opposition rejected a power-sharing offer Monday, the first day in office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, underscoring an uneasy cohabitation government ahead... Back to the top

Joint army-police patrolling amidst scattered post election violence
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1501 slt 10.12.01. 81 incidents of post election violence have been reported in the last 24 hours ending at 6 a... Back to the top

New prime minister for Sri Lanka but no cabinet
MSNBC, december 9. Sri Lanka woke up to a new prime minister on Monday, but questions remained over the make-up of Ranl Wickremesinghe's cabinet and his relations with President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

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

TULF leader nominated to Parliament
Hindu, 10 December 2001. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which obtained enough votes in the just-concluded elections in Sri Lanka to be entitled to a non- elected seat, today named the veteran Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader, Mr... Back to the top

PM with a 'corporate boss' image
Hindu, 10 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister was almost removed as leader of the United National Party in an attempted internal coup earlier this year, but he staved that off and proved adversaries and critics wrong by steering the party to success in the just-concluded general poll... 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 ambassador in India
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 10.34 PM SLT Sunday December 9,2001. A change of guard in Sri Lanka's embassy in New Delhi is on the cards... Back to the top

Top defectors come a cropper
Daily Mirror, 10 December 2001. Some top PA parliamentarians who crossed over to the UNP in July, forcing the government to dissolve parliament prematurely failed to retain their seats at the December 5 elections... 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

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

Vajpayee congratulates Ranil
Press Trust of India, December 09, 2001. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was today one of the first leaders to congratulate Sri Lanka's new Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe declaring India's commitment to strengthen mutual cooperation to provide peace, stability and prosperity... 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

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

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

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