“Military could be used to ensure low voter turn-out in NE: interview of Dr Saravanamuttu” by Colombo Mirror

For many, myself included, it is difficult to imagine the Rajapaksas relinquishing office on the 9th of January consequent to a defeat at the polls. Therefore the genuine concern and speculation as to what could happen. I expect the use of the military to ensure a low turn -out in areas where there is a concentration of Tamil, Muslim and non- Sinhala Buddhist votes, especially in the North and East. We know what was done in the 2013 Northern Provincial Council election and in previous national elections. In particular, 2005.

via: http://www.colombomirror.com/?p=1750#more-1750

“The executive presidency & reform strategy: a partial critique of Jayampathy Wickremaratne” by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The fissure in the ruling coalition which was evident in parliament during the ‘casino vote’ is a significant new development which must surely be capitalised upon. Despite the personal canvassing by the leadership, over 50-60 coalition members abstained. Sadly it appears as though this dissent is to be squandered by erroneous political assessment and tactics.

via: http://groundviews.org/2014/04/28/the-executive-presidency-reform-strategy-a-partial-critique-of-jayampathy-wickremaratne/

source: Groundviews