Harim Peiris

Political and Reconciliation perspectives from Sri Lanka

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Archive for October 17th, 2012

From Divineguma to the Judiciary; the government faces a challenge

Posted by harimpeiris on October 17, 2012

For the Rajapakse Administration which pushed through the 18th amendment to the constitution with barely a squeak of protest from society, the furor over the Divineguma bill must be hard to comprehend. The Bill is challenged in Court, the ruling is a defeat for the government and there is now a serious public debate over the issues concerned, with trade unions joining with protests and opposition to the Bill.

The timing of the furor over the Divineguma Bill comes at a fairly bad time for the government, faced as it is with serious confrontations with the judiciary, protests by FUTA and university students and a general increase in discontent in society. Such discontent is not easily quelled, especially from an Administration, loath to make any real policy concessions or governance changes to accommodate dissent or diversity of opinion. The cosmetic time buying exercises merely postpones relatively briefly the day of reckoning. Read the rest of this entry »

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