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APRIL 22, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 16


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Sri Lanka president cements family’s power
FT, April 23. Sri Lanka’s new parliament sat for the first time on Thursday with the family of Mahinda Rajapaksa, president, cementing its grip on power amid words of defiance from the dissident former armed forces chief.The parliament unanimously voted to appoint Chamal Rajapaksa, the president’s brother as speaker, a key post that commands the power to decide the legislative agenda and direct impeachment motions against the president.Another brother, Basil, was elected to the 225-seat parliament, along with the president’s son, Namal. A third brother, Gotabaya, is defence secretary. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 22 21:28:47 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka shares at new peak on earnings, stability hopes
reuters, apr 23. COLOMBO, April 22 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's shares hit a new record high on Thursday on hopes over positive earnings and political stability under a newly elected government expected to bring more investment to the island nation. The All-Share Price Index .CSE of the Colombo Stock Exchange hit a new all-time high of 4,099.88 points, surpassing its previous high of 4,052.10 on Wednesday. It closed 0.96 percent firmer at 4,077.55.

"Expectations on better company earnings and political stability drove the market," said an analyst on condition of anonymity. "But it does not warrant this rise. The market is getting over-heated." More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 22 21:27:23 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Fonseka says govt trying to silence him
afp, April 22. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's former army chief told AFP on Thursday his ongoing court martial was an attempt by the government to silence him and prevent his "fight for democracy" from the floor of parliament.

Sarath Fonseka was briefly released from military custody for the opening of parliament, in which he won a seat in elections two weeks ago.

"Today I was restrained because of the ceremonial occasion, but I will make use of the parliament to fight for democracy and to protect the constitution," he told AFP by telephone in his first interview since his arrest on February 8. More...>Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 22 08:49:22 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Detained opposition leader in Sri Lanka parliament
BBC, April 22, 2010. Defeated Sri Lankan presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka has been released from detention to appear in the opening session of parliament... Back to the top

The April Election and Prospects for Sustainable Peace in Sri Lanka
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, April 22, 2010. On April 12, 2010 the majority of citizens of Sri Lanka’s main linguistic communities celebrated the “Sinhala and Tamil New Year”, and the categorical end of war and terrorism with considerable optimism despite lack of a clear political solution to the ‘ethnic conflict’... Back to the top

US asks Sri Lanka to pursue 'healing process'
afp, april 22. WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States called on Sri Lanka's new government Wednesday to use its mandate to pursue a "healing process" as the island recovers from decades of war... Back to the top

FACTBOX - What to watch for from Sri Lanka's next government
Reuters, April 22, 2010. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa swore in one of his party's longest-serving members as prime minister on Wednesday, but delayed naming a new cabinet after securing a commanding parliamentary majority overnight... Back to the top

Five Tamils among Lanka’s nominated MPs
ExpressBuzz, April 22, 2010. COLOMBO: There are five Tamils in the list of nominated MPs in the new Parliament that is to meet here on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka - Lokubandara is Sabaragamuwa Governor
ISRIA, April 22, 2010. Former Speaker W. J. M... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president names party veteran Jayaratne as PM
bbc, april 21. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed one of his party's elder statesmen as prime minister... Back to the top

Jayaratne to be sworn in as Sri Lanka's new PM
AFP, 2010-04-21. A senior member of Sri Lanka's ruling party Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Jayaratne is to be sworn in as the new prime minister, official sources confirmed Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Refrains From Raising Rates to Boost Growth, April22, 2010. April 22 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka kept its interest rates unchanged for a fifth straight month to support an economic recovery that helped President Mahinda Rajapaksa win parliamentary elections this month... Back to the top

Sri Lanka delays Cabinet swearing-in
CNN, April 21, 2010. Contrary to earlier plans, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will only swear in a new Prime Minister Wednesday, with the rest of his Cabinet ministers taking their oaths of office on Friday, a government spokesman said... Back to the top

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