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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1468

Maldives President Abdul Gayoom Invites Lankan President To Maldives

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in a congratulatory message to President Sirisena has invited him for a state visit to exchange views in "taking our relationship forward."

Maldives President Abdul Gayoom Invites Lankan President To Maldives
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The Sri Lanka Freedom Party; Defeated but unbowed

Sri Lanka has a new President and a new Prime Minister. They will select their cabinet soon and will commence the implementation of the promised 100 day reform program which includes the abolition of the Executive Presidency. There have been mixed messages in regard to this key election platform promise and there is some ambiguity as to whether it is to be abolished or amended.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party; Defeated but unbowed
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Sri Lankan Presidential Election 2015: the fall of a political giant of our time

Our former president, Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, may be enjoying his well-earned rest in his rural village in the deep south of Sri Lanka with the folks that he is always comfortable with – the peasants who adore him. His departure, not completely unexpected, shows, however, that the overwhelming reliance of this particular stratum of the contemporary Sri Lankan society is not good enough for a leader to survive in the political theatre at national level, regardless of the charisma that one naturally carries.

Sri Lankan Presidential Election 2015: the fall of a political giant of our time
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Sri Lanka: Two Powerful Administrative Slots Filled

Two powerful positions in the public services in Sri Lanka appointed with effect from yesterday- men who will in true sense running the day to day administration of the country.

P.B. Abeykoon	B.M.U.D. Basnayake
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Dr Shurhozelie confident of CM Zeliang’s wining of Floor Test, dismisses PR rumors

President of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), Dr Shurhozelie, expressed confidence that if chief minister TR Zeliang was allowed to have “Floor Test” by the governor PB Acharya, they would easily vote out the other dissident group of NPF legislators led by G Kaito Aye. He also allayed fears that President’s Rule would come to Nagaland, saying that such thing would never happen in Nagaland.

Dr Shurhozelie NPF Pressident addressing press at NPF    Central Office on Jan 10 2015.jpg
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Statement of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka on the new Presidency

The Liberal Party of Sri Lanka emphatically welcomes the victory of Mr Maithripala Sirisena at the presidential poll. We are also grateful to him for continuing after his election to assert the values which the people of Sri Lanka have shown they admire. We now have a compassionate government, and we look forward to the constitutional and structural changes essential to promote equity, pluralism and the Rule of Law.

Rajiva Wijesingha - Leader of the Liberal Party
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Ranil Sworn In As Prime Minister

Former Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, was yesterday sworn in as the new Prime Minister before freshly elected President Maithripala Sirisena, at a national ceremony held at the Independence Square.

Ranil Sworn In As Prime Minister
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Entertaining some early skepticism, US hails Sri Lanka's democratic traditions

With the conclusion of the presidential election on 8 January with fewer incidents compared to earlier occasions, the orderly transfer of power from the defeated candidate incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa to the victor Maitripala Sirisena, the victor appealing to the masses not to harm, mentally or physically, anyone but to maintain peace, and prime minister designate Ranil Wickremasinghe acknowledging the outgoing president Rajapaksa's contribution to end the separatist war and bring peace to the nation, Sri Lanka stood out in the eyes of the sole Super Power the U.S. as a nation that upheld the proud traditions of democracy.

Entertaining some early skepticism, US hails Sri Lanka's democratic traditions
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Very peaceful election with a tight finish

Lankan expatriate community in the gulf is extremely relieved since the presidential election has concluded peacefully with no incidence reported.

Very peaceful election with a tight finish
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Modi congratulates Sirisena, invites him to India; Rameswaram fishermen hail Sirisena win

President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu leaders and the fishermen community of Rameswaram have congratulated Maitripala Sirisena on his victory in the Sri Lankan presidential elections.

Maithripala Srisena - Narendra Modi (File Photo)
Y.K. Sinha, Indian High Commissioner greeting President Maithripala Srisena
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