SEP (Sri Lanka) 2019 presidential election campaign
Workers must adopt a socialist internationalist program to oppose Sri Lanka’s authoritarian, communalist Rajapakse regime
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 7 December 2019
Rajapakse’s aim is to secure the two-thirds parliamentary majority necessary to repeal a key constitutional amendment and give the president sweeping authoritarian powers.
By K. Ratnayake, 18 November 2019
Gotabhaya Rajapakse’s election marks a sharp shift towards autocratic forms of rule, amid a deepening crisis of Sri Lankan capitalism and the rising resistance of the working class to austerity measures.
By K. Ratnayake, 16 November 2019
Calls by the major candidates for “strong government”—code-words for the development of dictatorial methods—are a response to the growing opposition of workers and the poor to government austerity.
By our correspondents, 15 November 2019
The SEP and IYSSE campaigned extensively in Colombo’s working-class neighbourhoods, and amongst students and the urban poor, in the lead-up to the meeting.
Sri Lanka: SEP presidential candidate exposes pseudo-lefts’ pro-capitalist program at university debate
By our correspondents, 13 November 2019
Wijesiriwardena explained the underlying principles of the Socialist Equality Party’s socialist internationalism and the necessity for the independent mobilisation of the working class in every country.
12 November 2019
Below is the text of Pani Wijesiriwardena's interview by Sri Lanka's leading newspaper, the Daily Mirror, which published it last week under the title “Capitalism offers no solutions to the dangers facing workers: Pani Wijesiriwardena”
Vote for Pani Wijesiriwardena in the Sri Lankan presidential election! Rally to fight for international socialism!
By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 12 November 2019
Pani Wijesiriwardena is standing on behalf of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka on a revolutionary socialist and internationalist program, against imperialist war, social inequality and authoritarian rule.
By Vilani Peiris and K. Ratnayake, 11 November 2019
The NSSP and its presidential candidate are trying to tie the working class to the United National Party and capitalist rule.
By SEP (Sri Lanka) presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena, 9 November 2019
Assange and Manning are being persecuted because the US and its imperialist allies are preparing for war and want to silence all honest journalists and fighters for the truth.
An appeal from Pani Wijesiriwardena, SEP (Sri Lanka) presidential candidate
8 November 2019
“Workers in India, Sri Lanka, throughout South Asia and internationally must not allow capitalist governments to unleash these reactionary social attacks on any section of the working class.”
By our correspondents, 6 November 2019
Estate workers, students and youth discussed the necessity for a socialist and internationalist program at a public meeting in the key tea plantation district.
By our reporters, 30 October 2019
The SEP presidential candidate explained that the democratic rights of the oppressed can be achieved only in the struggle for socialism.
By our correspondents, 26 October 2019
Speakers explained that the Socialist Equality Party is the only one presenting an international socialist program for the working class and the poor.
Vote for SEP candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena in the Sri Lankan presidential election
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 October 2019
There is no solution to the immense dangers facing workers in Sri Lanka and internationally—war, austerity and the threat of dictatorship and fascism—within the framework of capitalism and its outmoded nation state system.
By our correspondents, 19 October 2019
“The Modi government’s anti-democratic moves are not just directed against the Kashmiri people, although they are the immediate target, but against the working class as a whole.”
By our correspondents, 15 October 2019
“This election is being held in the midst of a growing political and economic crisis of the government and the ruling class as a whole.”
Video: SEP presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena addresses nationally-televised meeting in Sri Lanka
By our reporters, 11 October 2019
Wijesiriwardena’s speech was heard by about 4,000 people at the event and watched by tens of thousands across Sri Lanka on two television networks.
9 October 2019
The Socialist Equality Party meetings will discuss the vital social and political issues confronting workers, youth and the poor.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 October 2019
The election has been announced amid rising opposition to the government’s austerity measures and the eruption of mass strikes by public sector workers for higher pay.