The 2015 Sri Lankan presidential elections

Sri Lankan pseudo-left dresses up US regime-change as a “democratic revolution”

By K. Ratnayake, 6 March 2015

The grubbier the political whitewash, the bigger the lies and historical falsifications—and it so proves to be the case with NSSP leader Karunaratne.

Sri Lankan opposition parties seek to bring back Rajapakse

By W.A. Sunil, 28 February 2015

Racked by political instability and economic crisis, both wings of the ruling elite are preparing for deep attacks on the working class.

Sri Lankan president’s visit to India highlights foreign policy shift

By Deepal Jayasekera, 25 February 2015

Four bilateral agreements were signed during Sri Lankan President Sirisena’s trip, including a strategic civil nuclear cooperation pact.

UN delays war crimes report on Sri Lanka

By Manusha Fernando, 23 February 2015

The delay is a clear concession to the new Sri Lankan government in return for its rapid realignment of Colombo’s foreign policy away from Beijing towards Washington.

Sri Lankan foreign minister visits US to strengthen ties

By Sanjaya Jayasekera, 19 February 2015

Samaraweera’s trip underscores the rapid transformation of relations between the two countries since the Sirisena government was installed in Colombo.

More evidence of US involvement in Sri Lankan regime-change

By K. Ratnayake, 16 February 2015

The installation of Maithripala Sirisena as Sri Lankan president via the January 8 election was the outcome of a carefully orchestrated operation in which the US was intimately involved.

Sri Lankan pseudo-left leader joins top government advisory body

By K. Ratnayake, 11 February 2015

The NSSP leader’s appointment to the National Executive Council marks a new stage in the evolution of pseudo-left organisations into the direct agencies of the bourgeoisie and imperialism.

Sri Lankan pseudo-left leader joins top government advisory body

By K. Ratnayake, 11 February 2015

The NSSP leader’s appointment to the National Executive Council marks a new stage in the evolution of pseudo-left organisations into the direct agencies of the bourgeoisie and imperialism.

New Sri Lankan government brings down election budget

By Saman Gunadasa, 9 February 2015

Behind false claims of budget “concessions,” the government is preparing new attacks on the working class and the poor.

Top US diplomat heaps praise on new Sri Lankan government

By Deepal Jayasekera, 6 February 2015

Washington’s support for Sri Lankan President Sirisena is above all because he is reorienting the country’s foreign policy away from China and firmly towards the US.

Sri Lankan government promises “devolution pact” to woo Tamil elite

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 27 January 2015

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s statement underscores the shift in foreign policy toward the US and India following the recent presidential election.

New York Times columnist advises how to protect pro-US government in Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 23 January 2015

Law professor Ryan Goodman suggests a targeted “human rights” campaign to prevent members of the previous government returning to power.

Evidence of India’s involvement in regime change in Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 21 January 2015

Reuters reported that an Indian intelligence agent was expelled before the Sri Lankan presidential election, following complaints that he assisted the opposition parties.

Sri Lankan government discusses phony “100-day work program”

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 20 January 2015

The measures are nothing but a smokescreen for the new government’s right-wing agenda, including its pro-US foreign policy.

Indian elite welcomes change of government in Sri Lanka

By Deepal Jayasekera, 17 January 2015

India’s over-riding concern is securing Sri Lanka’s shift away from Beijing.

Who is Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena?

By Sujeewa Amaranath and W.A. Sunil, 16 January 2015

Sirisena is not a “common man” but a bourgeois politician devoted to imperialism and big business.

SEP wages powerful campaign in Sri Lankan presidential election

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 15 January 2015

The SEP alone fought for the political independence of the working class from all the pro-capitalist candidates.

New Sri Lankan president appoints his cabinet

By Deepal Jayasekera, 14 January 2015

The overwhelming majority of ministers are drawn from the right-wing and pro-US United National Party.

The outcome of the Sri Lankan election and its international implications

By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 January 2015

What has unfolded since Sirisena deserted Rajapakse’s government is a US-sponsored regime-change operation.

Maithripala Sirisena sworn in as Sri Lankan president

By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 January 2015

Sirisena’s political brief is to bring Colombo into line with the Obama administration’s aggressive “pivot to Asia.”

Sri Lanka: President Mahinda Rajapakse concedes defeat in election

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 9 January 2015

The result is the outcome of a behind-the-scenes intervention by the Obama administration.

Sri Lankan opposition parties line up behind US regime-change agenda

By K. Ratnayake, 8 January 2015

The opposition parties are seeking to cloak their line-up with US interests via cynical denunciations of “Rajapakse’s dictatorship.”

The international significance of the Sri Lankan presidential election

By Wije Dias, 7 January 2015

Washington’s intervention in the election is bound up with the accelerating pace of its “pivot to Asia” and preparations for war against China.

Tamil nationalists support US-backed opposition in Sri Lankan election

By K. Nesan, 7 January 2015

The TNA is backing Maithripala Sirisena, who is just as responsible for the government’s crimes during the civil war and the attacks on the working class.

JVP campaigns for pro-US opposition candidate in Sri Lankan presidential election

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 6 January 2015

Having long ago integrated itself into the Colombo establishment, the JVP has increasingly accommodated to Washington.

Pseudo-left USP plays double game in Sri Lankan presidential election

By Vilani Peiris, 5 January 2015

The USP claims to be running an “independent” campaign, but in reality is providing back-handed support for the pro-US opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena.

SEP presidential campaign underway in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 3 January 2015

The SEP has a long history in northern Sri Lanka of fighting for an international socialist program against both successive Colombo governments and the separatist LTTE.

Sri Lankan opposition candidate issues pro-US, pro-business manifesto

By W.A. Sunil, 31 December 2014

One of the central purposes of Sirisena’s manifesto is to send a clear signal that he will shift foreign policy decisively towards the West.

Financial Times points to US regime-change intrigue in Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 30 December 2014

The newspaper highlights the “unexpectedly well-organised opposition campaign” that has emerged in the presidential election—with Washington’s support.

Sri Lanka: NSSP leader campaigns for right-wing, pro-US presidential candidate

By Pani Wijesiriwardena—SEP presidential candidate, 27 December 2014

The NSSP’s election campaign is part of the international line-up of pseudo-left organisations behind US imperialism and its aggressive drive for global hegemony.

Sri Lanka: SEP election campaign reveals widespread disillusionment with main political parties

By our correspondents, 22 December 2014

Socialist Equality Party supporters have launched an intense campaign for the party’s presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena.

Sri Lanka: SEP presidential candidate addresses Colombo meeting

By our correspondents, 20 December 2014

The SEP campaign aims to build a socialist and internationalist movement of the working class against imperialist war and attacks on basic rights and living conditions.

Sri Lankan government censors Prasanna Vithanage’s latest film

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 18 December 2014

The government’s demand for extensive cuts to With You, Without You is an attack on basic democratic rights.

Sri Lankan Trotskyist P. V. Nandasena dies at age 71

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 17 December 2014

About 500 people attended Nandasena’s funeral, indicating the great respect in which he was held by SEP members, family and many other people.

SEP statement for Sri Lanka’s presidential election

Vote for SEP candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena! Fight for a socialist program against war and social counterrevolution!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 December 2014

The SEP is the only party fighting for a socialist program against the growing threat of world war and the relentless assault on the living conditions and democratic rights of working people.

Sri Lanka: Opposition presidential candidate to implement austerity

By K. Ratnayake, 4 December 2014

The opposition platform is a cynical exercise aimed at duping voters into believing that its candidate would end the onslaught on living standards and democratic rights.

Washington’s intrigues against Sri Lankan president

By Pani Wijesiriwardena—Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate, 1 December 2014

The lynchpin in the moves against President Rajapakse is former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who has established close ties in Washington.

Sri Lankan SEP holds press conference to announce its presidential campaign

By our correspondents, 29 November 2014

SEP political committee member Pani Wijesiriwardena is the only candidate representing the interests of the working class.

Sri Lankan minister quits ruling party to contest presidential election

By K. Ratnayake, 24 November 2014

At the very least, this move against President Rajapakse was undertaken with Washington’s knowledge and approval.

Sri Lankan plantation workers denounce government over landslide tragedy

By our correspondents, 20 November 2014

Strikes and demonstrations condemned the Rajapakse government, plantation managements and trade unions for leaving families exposed to disasters for years.

Sri Lanka’s court rubberstamps Rajapakse’s bid for third presidential term

By W.A. Sunil and Wije Dias, 18 November 2014

The Supreme Court ruling, initiated by the president himself, is to preempt any legal or political challenge to his bid to continue in office.