Monday, 2nd March 2015

Features

President Maithripala Sirisena is seen taking oaths before Justice K. Siripavan at the historic Independence Square premises on January 9. Picture by Rukmal Gamage
A week, said former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, is a long time in politics. It has been some seven weeks and a day, fifty days to be precise, since Maithripala Sirisena assumed office as President of the country. For the President, who promised to usher in major changes during the first one hundred days of his term of office, it is ‘half time’. Fifty days though is hardly sufficient to pass judgement on the President, especially when he is heading a government which is still struggling to get its act together. Even his closest spiritual advisor, Maduluwave Sobhitha thera has advised...
January 10 - Done Maithripala Sirisena takes oaths as Sri Lanka's new president. January 11 - Done Cabinet is appointed with not more than 25 members, including members of all political parties represented in Parliament with Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister. January 12 - Done National Advisory Council is set up to strengthen democracy, inclusive of representatives of parties represented in Parliament as well as Civil Society organizations. January 19 and 20 - Done Parliament meet. January 20 - In progress The Standing Orders will be amended and, in terms of Proposal 67...