Harim Peiris

Political and Reconciliation perspectives from Sri Lanka

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Archive for September, 2010

Reconciliation the priority – President Mahinda Rajapakse tells the world

Posted by harimpeiris on September 30, 2010

Excellencies, The entire focus of our nation, is now on building a lasting peace; healing wounds, ensuring economic prosperity and guaranteeing the rights of the whole nation to live in harmony. We are mindful that in order to fulfill these aspirations, economic development and political reconciliation must go hand in hand. Towards this end, constitutional changes which appropriately reflect aspirations of our people will be evolved with the full participation of all stakeholders ….. Sri Lanka recognizes the challenges we face, among the greatest of which is healing the wounds of the recent past”. (President Mahinda Rajapakse / United Nations 65th General Assembly, 23rd September 2010)

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From Caesar to JR to MR, the lure of the 18th Amendment

Posted by harimpeiris on September 9, 2010

As this article is being penned the 18th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution and its general effect of creating an absolute ruler for life is a fait accompli, baring the final coup de grace of the foregone Parliament vote. From the numbers in Parliament elected under proportional representation, it is clear that the balance of political and social forces is in favor of creating an absolute ruler. The push to increase and centralize power is neither new nor unusual in human or Sri Lankan political history. We can examine some lessons from history, ancient and modern, to understand our current phenomena of the 18th Amendment.

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