He came out of the blue: Maithripala Sirisena, a former high-profile Cabinet Minister in the UPFA government and SLFP General-Secretary, addressing the media as the Common Candidate for the January 8 Presidential poll, in Colombo on Friday.
  (Pic by Kamal Bogoda)

About a dozen SLFPers identified as potential defectors

Dissidents unlikely to try to block budget: Rajitha

About a dozen SLFP MPs have been identified as potential defectors and action would be taken against them, the AFP news agency reported yesterday quoting an official close to the president who asked not to be named.

AFP also quoted former Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne saying that the ruling party was split and many more were expected to jump ship.



Common candidate a "Western conspiracy," says SLFP stalwarts


Anura Priyadarshana Yapa has been appointed General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva announced at a hastily organized press conference at party headquarters yesterday. Six party stalwarts including, John Sene...

A historic defection and a political thunderbolt


The defection of Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, the Minister of Health and the SLFP General Secretary, from the Rajapaksa government is historic and momentous on several counts. As a political party, the SLFP is not unaccustomed to defections. The foundi...

Dr. Ratwatte at the Export Promotion Board


I would like to say a few words to add to the many tributes paid to Dr. Sivali Ratwatte, on his passing away. I was closely associated with him in the 1970s at the time the Export Promotion Secretariat (EPS) was established under the Ministry of Planni...

England XI win tour match under D/L method


Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali scored half centuries and put on a first wicket stand of 94 runs as England XI beat Sri Lanka ‘A’ by 56 runs according to the D/L method in the first tour match which was hampered by inclement weather at SSC G...



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