Historic Opportunity - Squandered Failure to rebuild the country after the warBy Latheef Farook In the aftermath of the military defeat of the dreaded LTTE in May 2009, the entire country- Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and all others ,expected everyone to learn lesson from the war and end racist politics. They expected former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to unify communities and exploit the historic opportunity to move the country ahead to face challenges in the fast changing competitive world. After all if politicians who turned this paradise of a country into a living hell with their racist politics fail to learn lesson from the 30 year carnage when do we expect them to do so? However, to the shocking disappointment of all peace loving people who are interested in the welfare of the country and the future generations, racism once again raised its ugly head and began to flourish on a scale unprecedented...Read More...
King Abdullah dies, Crown Prince Salman is new rulerCustodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has died, state television reported early on Friday and Crown Prince Salman became king, it said in a statement attributed to the new ruler. He was 90. King Salman has called on the family's Allegiance Council to pay allegiance to Muqrin as his crown prince and heir. King Abdullah ascended the throne on Aug. 1, 2005, following the death of King Fahd. During his reign, King Abdullah has been responsible for significant social, economic, cultural and political reforms. This includes empowering women politically, granting foreign scholarships to thousands of students, building economic cities and constructing specialized hospitals. King Abdullah was hospitalised in December suffering from pneumonia. He died on Friday "at 1:00 am (2200 GMT)" and would be buried later in the day following afternoon...
Sri Lanka rehabilitates ex-army chief Sarath FonsekaFormer army chief Sarath Fonseka campaigned against Mahinda Rajapaksa in elections earlier this month Continue reading the main story Related Stories Sri Lanka to investigate 'coup plot' Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa in poll defeat Sri Lanka's life after Rajapaksa The new Sri Lankan government has removed punishments imposed on controversial war-time army chief Sarath Fonseka by the previous regime. Mr Fonseka has been reinstated as an...Read More...
UN condemns Myanmar monk Wirathu's 'sexist' commentsWirathu spoke at a rally where he criticised the UN and personally attacked the UN envoy
Continue reading the main story Related Stories Myanmar probes monk's UN comments Why are monks attacking Muslims? Rohingya discrimination 'is policy' The UN human rights chief has called on Myanmar to condemn a Buddhist nationalist monk for calling a UN special envoy a "bitch" and a "whore". UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al...
සරත් ෆොන්සේකා සියලු චෝදනා වලින් නිදහස්ජනාධිපති මෛත්රීපාල සිරිසේන විසින් හිටපු යුද හමුදාපති සරත් ෆොන්සේකාට එරෙහිව තිබු සියලු චෝදනා වලින් නිදහස් කොට පොදු සමාවක් ලබා දුන් බව ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය නිවේදනය කරයි. මේ අනුව අද සිට හිටපු යුද හමුදාපති සරත් ෆොන්සේකා, පූර්ණ ජෙනරාල් ධූරයට යළි පත් කෙරෙන අතර සියලු පදක්කම් හා නම්බුනාමද ඔහුට හිමි වෙයි.Read More...
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අරලිය කුමන්ත්රණ පිරික්සුම කඩිනම් කරයි2015 ජනවාරි මස 21 19:22:02 | . , අකිල බද්දෙවිතාන ජනපතිවරණ ප්රතිඵල නිකුත් වූ දා රාත්රියේ අරලිය ගහ මන්දිරයේ සිදුවූවායැයි කියන කුමන්ත්රණය සම්බන්ධයෙන් පරික්ෂණ කඩිනම් කරන බව ජනතා විමුක්ති පෙරමුණු නායක අනුර කුමාර දිසානායක මහතා පැවසීය. මේ සඳහා කඩිනම් පරීක්ෂණයක් පැවැත්වීමට ජාතික විධායක සභාවේදී සියලු දෙනාගේ අනුමැතිය හිමිවූ බවත් ජනපති...Read More...
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Brotherhood claims victory based on unofficial tallies, but SCAF decree limiting presidential powers overshadows count.
The Muslim Brotherhood has declared their candidate, Mohammed Morsi, the winner of Egypt's presidential runoff, and unofficial vote tallies show him leading the race by more than one million votes.
The group held a press conference early on Monday morning to announce Morsi's victory. With 12,793 of the country's roughly 13,000 polling stations reporting, Morsi had 12.7 million votes, while his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, had 11.84 million, the group said.
His staff and supporters broke into chants of "down with military rule" after the results were announced.
Morsi himself also spoke. He addressed the families of the martyrs killed during the revolution, and promised to restore their rights in a "state of laws".
He also reached out to Egypt's Coptic Christians, promising that everyone would be part of "his family". He also said he was not looking for "revenge", and promised to work for all Egyptians.
"Thank God, who guided the people of Egypt to this right path, the path of freedom and democracy," he said, vowing to work for a "civil, democratic, constitutional and modern state".
The Brotherhood's numbers matched with other unofficial tallies from local and international media. Shortly after 3am local time [00:00 GMT], Al Jazeera's tally had Morsi leading with 7,896,440 votes (52 per cent), and Shafiq trailing with 7,152,894.
El-Shorouk, an independent Egyptian daily, had Morsi with 6,820,944 votes, and Shafiq with 5,490,158, a margin of 55 per cent for Morsi.
All of the results released on Sunday night are unofficial and a final tally will not come out until later this week.
Representatives from Shafiq's campaign told several local media outlets that they would not accept the Brotherhood's tally, and would wait for final results.
In a statement, Shafiq, the final prime minister under deposed president Hosni Mubarak, also accused the Brotherhood of fraud.
"The Muslim Brotherhood supporters offered large sums of money and food supplies to bribe voters into voting for MB's candidate Mohammed Morsi," the statement said. "They used intimidation, threats and violence against supporters of candidate Ahmed Shafiq."
Turnout was lower than during the first round of voting in May, according to Hatem Bagato, the secretary-general of the presidential election commission, who held a press conference in Cairo on Sunday. About 46 per cent of Egypt's 51 million eligible voters cast their ballots during the first round.
SCAF issues its constitutional annex
The new president will take office amid great political uncertainty.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Egypt's military rulers, added to the confusion on Sunday night, when they released their long-awaited "constitutional annex", a decree outlining the powers of the new president.
Those powers are quite limited: He may declare war, for example, only after seeking SCAF's approval. The decree also reminds the president that he can call on the military to quell "unrest" inside the country.
SCAF dissolved parliament last week following a ruling by the supreme court, which found the legislature unconstitutional. The court ruled that provisions of the electoral law - which allowed political parties to compete for seats reserved for independent candidates - violated the constitution.
With the legislature gone, the generals reasserted control over the legislative process, and over the country's budget.
"The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces shall exercise the powers referred to under the first clause of article 56 [the article on legislative power]... until the election of a new People's Assembly," the decree states.
The decree issued on Sunday promises fresh legislative elections, but not until a new constitution has been drafted. Before it was dissolved, the parliament appointed a 100-member assembly to draft that constitution; it will be allowed to continue its work, though if it runs into "obstacles", SCAF will appoint a replacement.
The Muslim Brotherhood was quick to condemn the decree, calling it "null and unconstitutional" in a brief statement on Twitter. Asked about the decree during the group's press conference, Ahmed Abdel-Atti, Morsi's campaign co-ordinator, said he expected "popular action" against it in the near future.
Source: Al Jazeera