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Last Updated = Tue, Dec 18, 2018, 02:00 pm SL Time

* Three UPFA MPs crossover to Government

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- Three United People's Freedom alliance (UPFA) parliamentarians have crossed over to the United National Front government led by the United National Party (UNP).
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* UPFA to nominate Mahinda Rajapaksa as Opposition Leader

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- The parliamentary group of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has unanimously decided to nominate former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the position of Opposition Leader.
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* Welgama wants President to resign immediately

Dec 18 (Island) SLFP Vice President and Kalutara District MP Kumara Welgama says that President Maithripala Sirisena should resign from his post immediately. "The Supreme Court has found that President Sirisena violated the Constitution.
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* ‘Vote on Account’ in Parliament this week; Budget in February

Dec 18 (DN) The Government will present a ‘Vote on Account’ for two months in Parliament this week and will present a full-budget in mid February, UNP MP Mayantha Dissanayake said. Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, he said the ‘Vote on Account’ is to meet the Government’s expenditure for January and February.
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* U.S., Australia welcome political developments in Sri Lanka, look forward to strengthen bilateral relationship

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- The United States and Australia welcoming the political developments in Sri Lanka expressed expectation to further strengthen the bilateral relationship with the island nation.
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* UNP mega rally 'Fight for Justice' today at Galle Face

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party will hold a special victory rally themed 'Yukthiye Satana' (Fight for Justice) at the Galle Face green today from 1pm. The rally will be held under the auspices of Party Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
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* Sri Lanka's PM faces fresh trouble

Dec 17 (ECONOMYNEXT) Sri Lanka's reinstated Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe marked his first day back in office Monday with a hostile president resisting his nominations to a new cabinet.
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* Sri Lanka's president suffers crisis of his own making

Dec 17 (FT) The Supreme Court's decision rendering President Maithripala Sirisena's dissolution of parliament unconstitutional ( December 14) is a historic and hugely positive development.
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* Cabinet may delayed as discussion drag

Dec 17 (DM) The swearing-in of Cabinet Ministers is likely to be delayed since discussions were still underway on the assignment of portfolios to MPs joining the Government from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), sources said last afternoon.
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* Sri Lankan president doubts he can work with reappointed PM

Dec 17 (AP) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's president accused newly reappointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of corrupt leadership in a scathing speech Sunday in which he voiced doubts about their ability to work together and signaled the 2-month political crisis is far from resolved.
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* Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed as the Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka parliament

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- Former president and Kurunegala district parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed as the Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka Parliament.
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* Sri Lanka Parliament to convene today, UNP assigned seats on government side

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Parliament is scheduled to convene at 1.00 p.m. today for the first time after the reinstatement of United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is scheduled to chair a Party Leaders' meeting at 12.00 p.m. to decide on the business of Parliament this week.
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* Parliament to debate abolition of Executive Presidency today

Dec 18 (DM) Parliament would debate a motion calling for the abolition of Executive Presidency today when it meets on the first occasion after the reappointment of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister, sources said.
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* Sri Lanka's reinstated Premier hopes to form a broad democratic front to safeguard country

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's reinstated Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that a democratic front will be created to safeguard the country and win the future elections through the front. Addressing the huge public rally 'Fight for Justice' organized by the United National Party (UNP) at the Galle Face Green in Colombo today, the leader of the UNP said plans are afoot to form the democratic front ...
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* EU, Norway welcome peaceful resolution of Sri Lanka's political crisis

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- Following the reinstatement of ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday, the European Union along with Norway commended the resilience of Sri Lanka's democratic institutions and welcomed the peaceful resolution of the political crisis.
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* Will present a people friendly program - Rajitha

Dec 17 (CP) Colombo- Former Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says a people friendly program for state administration during the next year will be presented. Participating in a public meeting in Suduwella area in Maradana yesterday (16), MP Senaratne said the struggle for democracy has not ended yet
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* India welcomes return of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Sri Lanka’s prime minister

Dec 17 (ET) NEW DELHI- India on Sunday welcomed the reinstatement of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Sri Lanka’s prime minister, almost two months after he was sacked by President Maithripala Sirisena and the pro-China Mahinda Rajapaksa was installed as the prime minister, ending a 51-day impasse.
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* UPFA won’t joint UNP-led govt. - Amaraweera

Dec 17 (Island) The UPFA will not join the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration, a senior UPFA MP said yesterday. UPFA General Secretary, Mahinda Amaraweera said that the party had taken that decision on Saturday.
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* I respect Parliamentary traditions and democracy - President

Dec 17 (DN) I offered the post of Prime Minister to Ranil Wickremesinghe as a Leader who respects Parliamentary traditions and democracy, President Maithripala Sirisena said.
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