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Sri Lanka: Heading Towards a Constitutional Despotism

Paper No. 5855                                Dated 08-Jan-2015

Guest Column by Professor Ramu Manivannan

There is a systemic crisis in Sri Lanka and the advanced stage of the cancerous polity will climax in the near future. The post-independent polity in Sri Lanka was never allowed to form itself. 

Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapakse in the Departure Lounge

Paper No. 5834                                        Dated 01-Dec-2014

Guest Column by Dr Kumar David

This piece is premised on the assumption that President Mahinda Rajapakse (Mahinda) may be defeated on 8 January 2015, which is not the same as saying it is a certainty - that is too early to judge since the Maithripala Sirisena (Maithri) challenge needs to prove its endurance.

Maldives: The Supreme Court Strikes Again

Paper No. 5650                                     Dated 19-Feb-2014
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
I had mentioned many times before that the Judiciary in the Maldives is the weakest link in Maldives’ march to democracy.  This view is confirmed once again when the Supreme Court suo motu issued notices to the Election Commission members last week for contempt of court and disobedience of orders on an event that occurred four months ago! 
 

Maldives Throws a Surprise in Presidential Elections:

Paper No. 5604                      Dated 17-Nov-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

Though not totally unexpected, Maldives threw a surprise in electing Abdullah Yameen in the run off to the presidential elections held on November 16, 2013.

The elections saw an unprecedented polling of close to 90.3 percent with the PPM candidate Abdulla Yameen securing 110,371 votes ( 51.61 percent) as against Mohamad Nasheed of MDP gathering 48.39 percent with 103,500 votes.

Maldives: Supreme Court Intervenes Again in Presidential Elections:

Paper No. 5601         Dated 12-Nov- 2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

It was a sad day for democracy in Maldives when the Supreme Court without much of a hearing or discussion of legal issues, annulled the resolution of Majlis ( Parliament) of the Speaker taking over the interim administration on 11th of November in the absence of an elected President and until a new incumbent is elected.

Maldives: Some Positive developments:

Paper No 5588           Dated 20-Oct-2013

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Recent Developments in Maldives seem to have upset the international community and rightly so. When all the international observers termed the first and now annulled elections of September 7 as fair and credible, the Supreme Court took the extreme step of not only annulling the elections, but also giving specific guide lines to another constitutional body- here the Election Commission as to how the election should be conducted.

Maldives: Police Stop Presidential Elections

Paper No. 5584                                 Dated 20-Oct-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

Strange it may sound, but it is true! -the Police in Maldives unilaterally prevented the Election Commission from conducting fresh elections on the 19th this month on the ground that it was being held in contravention of the Supreme Court verdict and the guide lines issued.  

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