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Top military ranks to Sri Lanka ex commanders “illegal and undemocratic”

Questions have been raised as to the legality of SL President’s decision to award military honours to to...

Shavendra the new commander; Cold war with Sathyapriya!

The President has approved the name of Major General Shavendra Silva for the post of Army...

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Warm welcome for Gota even amidst internal conflicts

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) received...

Gota starts with a lie: Pledge on environmental protection discarded

“Pohottuwa” presidential candidate, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has already discarded a pledge given by him...

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The controversy over the dual citizenship of former Defence Secretary and presidential hopeful Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has taken center stage with documents of his loss of US citizenship circulating in social media platforms.

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Members of the United National Party (UNP) Working Committee have requested party leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe not to proceed with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the formation of the proposed Democratic National Front (DNF), until several amendments are made to the draft Constitution of the proposed political alliance.

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A SLPP affiliated website has published a document today morning (01) relating to the official relinquishment of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's US citizenship. According to that report, Rajapaksa’s citizenship has been revoked by the US government on April 17, 2019 and cancelled on May 03, 2019. 

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A majority of the United National Party (UNP) parliamentarians claim that the political alliance under the name of Democratic National Front, which is being formed by Minister Rajitha Senaratne with the blessings of UNP Leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, would result in the dissolution of the UNP as a political force.

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A document purported to be issued by the US State Department confirming that it has approved Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s request to relinquish his citizenship has been widely distributed on social media this week, leading it to becoming a hot topic and queries if it is in fact an original or fake document. 

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Rumours are rife that wife of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, Shiranthi Rajapaksa is one among five possible presidential candidates of the SLPP, weekly Sinhala Newspaper Anidda reports. According to the report, the names are being kept under wraps despite being widely discussed among party members. 

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule notes that while there is legislation in place to combat hate speech, especially in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks, including under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act of 2007, the legislation is not applied with an even hand.

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