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Sri Lanka removes term limits for presidency - The Associated Press, 2010-09-08 18:59:43 EST. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka's Parliament voted to eliminate term limits for the president Wednesday, a move critics say could lead to dictatorship.

The amendment also will tighten President Mahinda Rajapaksa's hold on power by giving him total control over the judiciary, police and the civil service.

The main opposition group, the United National Party, boycotted the vote and burned an effigy of Rajapaksa at a protest in the capital.

But the constitutional amendment passed easily, with 161 votes in the 225-member Parliament. That's 11 votes more than the two-thirds majority required. Seventeen lawmakers voted against it. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Sep 8 14:11:43 EDT 2010

Fresh amendments may pave way for military rule in Sri Lanka: Sarath Fonseka - Daily News & Analysis, 2010-09-08 17:16:21 EST. Sri Lanka's detained former army chief Gen Sarath Fonseka today described as "last nail in the coffin of democracy" the constitutional reforms enabling President Mahinda Rajapaksa to seek a third term and cautioned that this could pave way for a military rule in the country.

Fonseka, the 'war hero' who led the country's forces to victory against the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009, said the Democratic National Alliance led by him will continue its struggle against the amendments. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Sep 8 14:11:07 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Debates Ending President's Term Limit - NPR, 2010-09-08 10:35:38 EST. Sri Lanka's Parliament on Wednesday began debating a controversial amendment to the country's constitution that would allow President Mahinda Rajapaksa to hold unlimited number of terms, a move critics say could lead to a dictatorship

The government is likely to secure the two-thirds majority required in the 225-member Parliament to make the change, though the main opposition United National Party has boycotted the debate. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Sep 8 07:12:09 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Related News Stories
Autocracy fear as Sri Lanka votes  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lanka debates ending president's term limit  - Associated Press

Migrant held on suspicion of belonging to Tamil Tigers - Updated News, 2010-09-09 03:53:09 EST. CANADA – One of the Tamil migrants from the MV Sun Sea is being detained on suspicion that he is a member of the terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Immigration and Refugee Board ruled on Wednesday... Back to the top

Tamil refugee claimant rejected - Toronto Sun, 2010-09-09 01:49:55 EST. A Tamil man who claims he faces torture or death from the Tamil Tigers terror group has lost his bid for refugee status and faces deportation from Canada in a matter of weeks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Rate Cuts `Sufficient' for Now to Support Growth, Cabraal Says - Bloomberg, 2010-09-08 09:05:36 EST. Sri Lanka’s interest-rate cuts in July and August are “sufficient for the time being” to support economic growth, central bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said before next week’s monetary policy announcement... Back to the top

Rajapaksa paves way for himself
HT, Sep 8. Mahinda Rajapaksa has said the 18th amendment (18-A) will only give him an opportunity to fight an election... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Shuns West, Finds Solace in Emerging Powers' Arms - Inter Press Service, 2010-09-08 15:07:13 EST. COLOMBO, Sep 8, 2010 (IPS) - The European Union’s decision to suspend trade preferences for Sri Lankan exports may have finally come into force, but the island nation is not budging an inch on any of the powerful bloc’s recommendations on its controversial human rights record... Back to the top

Top S.Lanka court backs president's third-term bid
afp, Sep 7. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has cleared the way for President Mahinda Rajapakse to run for a third term in office, saying the constitution can be changed by a vote in parliament, officials said Tuesday... Back to the top

India: Sri Lanka: The plight of Sri Lankan refugees in India - Spero News, 2010-09-07 20:01:35 EST. Many Tamil refugees from the long civil war in Sri Lanka sought refuge in India... Back to the top

Native of Sri Lanka had been on no-treatment regimen at hospital -, 2010-09-08 06:38:51 EST. A pastor who had been at the center of a fight over whether seriously injured patients deserve food and water while hospitalized has suffered a seizure and died, officials confirmed... Back to the top

Sri Lanka main opposition to boycott constitution reform debate - People's Daily Online, 2010-09-07 18:16:26 EST. Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) vowed here Tuesday to boycott the parliamentary sessions on the 18th amendment to the constitution... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Remittances May Rise to Record $3.8 Billion After Civil War Ends - Bloomberg, 2010-09-07 12:50:37 EST. Remittances sent home by Sri Lankan nationals overseas may rise to a record $3.8 billion in 2010, a central bank official said, adding that policy makers will ensure stability of the currency as the flows increase... Back to the top

Runaway Christian Convert From Ohio Gains Legal US Residency - FOXNews, 2010-09-07 19:50:04 EST. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A lawyer for a runaway Christian convert from Ohio who was also an illegal immigrant says the 18-year-old woman has gained permanent residency in the United States... Back to the top

New migrant ship may be on the way - Victoria Times Colonist, 2010-09-07 08:54:05 EST. Another ship bearing Tamils fleeing Sri Lanka might be departing for Canada... Back to the top

Tamils on the rebound - Toronto Sun, 2010-09-07 09:02:03 EST. Great news: There is a country in Asia willing to take Sri Lankan Tamil refugees by the thousand — with the United Nations’ seal of approval... Back to the top

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