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The Signs of Collapse of the Rajapaksa Regime

The Signs of Collapse of the Rajapaksa Regime

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 by Robinhood( February 8, 29014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) he !o"er a#ain$% %he au%hori%arian Ra&a!ak$a re#ime i$ rea'hin# %o a de'i$ie !o$i%ion day by day Cer%ain ru!%ure$ are #e%%in# eru!%ed "i%hin %he re#ime and in%erna%ional !re$$ure %oo i$ #e%%in# moun%ed a#ain$% %he Ra&a!ak$a admini$%ra%ionFollo"in# %he o**i'ial arrial o* %he +-R 'ommi$$ioner, %he re'en%ly 'on'luded Common"eal%h -ead$ o* Goernmen% .ee%in# (C-/G.) and %he i$i% o* %he +S $ena%or S%e!hen Ra!! %he in%erna%ional 'ri%i'i$m a#ain$% emo'ra'y, -uman Ri#h%$, Good #oernan'e and "ar 'rime$ 'ommi%%ed a#ain$% %he amil 'iilian$ durin# %he *inal $%a#e$ o* %he "ar ha$ #ained momen%um and *e$%ered enou#h %o rea'h in%o Sri Lanka$ dome$%i' a**air$ % ha$ deelo!ed in%o a $%a#e "here %he .ahinda Ra&a!ak$a #oernmen% 'anno% eade nor e$'a!e *rom in%erna%ional *o'u$ he main 'au$e *or %ha% i$ none o%her %han %he arro#an'e o* %he Ra&a!ak$a re#ime he Ra&a!ak$a #oernmen% ha$ %o 'a%e#ori'ally *a'e %he 'on$euen'e in %he 'omin# +-RC $e$$ion on %hi$ 'omin# .ar'h % i$ belieed %he "ar 'rime$ alle#a%ion hi%her%o
 
"hi'h "a$ do"n %he a#enda durin# %he !reiou$ $e$$ion$ ha$ rea'hed on %o! o* %he a#enda %hi$ %ime .ahinda Ra&a!ak$a and hi$ #oernmen% hae %o bear %he $ole re$!on$ibili%y *or 'ulmina%in# %hi$ a**air in%o i%$ !eak i$a#reein# %o 'om!ly, la'k o* !ubli' di!loma'y and in%e#ri%y, %he 'urren% -uman Ri#h%$ re'ord$ in %he 'oun%ry and %he hoodlum a%%i%ude $ho"ed in %he !re$en'e o* in%erna%ional &ournali$%$ durin# %he C-/G. may hae 'au$ed %o e$'ala%e %he $i%ua%ion 3ha% !reen%ie mea$ure$ %he Ra&a!ak$a re#ime "ould $eek %hi$ %ime in %he +-RC "ho ha$ already lo$% %"i'eroin'ial Coun'il 5le'%ion$ in %he or%hRa&a!ak$a #oernmen% 'om!elled %o kee! %he or%hern C ele'%ion$ due %o in%en$e in%erna%ional !re$$ure Failure %o 'a!%ure %he !o"er o* %he or%hern roin'ial Coun'il i$ a #rea% de*ea% %o %he Ra&a!ak$a re#ime he re#ime %ried di**eren% %e'hniue$ %o balan'e %he o%e  bank "i%h %he 6 (amil na%ional 6llian'e) bu% *ailed %o a'hiee he Ra&a!ak$a re#ime 'ould no% *ind a ma%'hin# 'andida%e %o 'om!e%e "i%h 7u$%i'e i#ne$h"aran in %he nor%hern !oll$ * %he re#ime "ould hae kno"n %he 6 'hie* mini$%erial 'andida%e !rior %o %he ele'%ion$ by no" &u$%i'e i#ne$"aran "ouldn% hae lied in %hi$ ear%h 6l%hou#h Ra&a!ak$a re#ime %ried many an%a#e %o !reen% %he ele'%ion$ %hrou#h i%$ ally Sihala +rumaya by or#ani:in# !ro #oernmen% !ro%e$%$ none o* %hem ma%eriali:ed 6mid all mili%ari:a%ion and abu$e o* !o"er durin# %he ele'%ion$ ('orru!% ele'%ion$) 80; o* %he nor%hern !eo!le unanimou$ly ele'%ed %he 6 in%o !o"er re&e'%in# %he Ra&a!ak$a admini$%ra%ion %o %he nor%hern C * %he re#ime "ould hae held %he C ele'%ion in a *ree and *air manner *ollo"in# %he le#i$la%ion o* %he 1<%h amendmen% %he re#ime "ouldn% be able %o 'a!%ure a% lea$% one $ea% in %he C ele'%ion$ From %hi$ hi$%ori'al and de'i$ie "in %he !eo!le in %he or%hern roin'e ha$ 'learly #ien a me$$a#e %o %he !eo!le in %he $ou%h, %hou#h %he #oernmen% %ruly or *al$ely e=hibi%$ deelo!in# %he nor%hern !roin'e %hey are a#ain$% %he Ra&a!ak$a re#ime and %hey are $%ill a"are and 'on'erned abou% %heir *undamen%al and !oli%i'al ri#h%$ hi$ me$$a#e 'an be %he main in%ernal !re$$ure $%ar%in# a#ain$% %he re#ime *rom %he nor%h o" %he re#ime ha$ unanimou$ly lo$% %he nor%h and %he balan'e re#ion le*% *or Ra&a!ak$a i$ only %he $ou%hCon*li'% in$ide %he SLF (Sri Lanka Freedom !ar%y)here are many in%ernal 'on*li'%$ "i%hin %he Sri Lanka *reedom !ar%y Senior SLF member$ are de!ried "i%h %he re#ime 'hie* *or 'ornerin# %hem hey a!!ear %hey are a#ain$% %he 'orru!%ion o* %he Ra&a!ak$a bu% more de!ried o* no% allo"in# %hem or #ien any o!!or%uni%y %o en#a#e in $ordid deal$ o* %he re#ime here i$ an in%ernal *or'e "i%hin %he SLF already $%ar%in# %o #ain momen%um and "ai%in# *or %he 'orre'% %ime %o $%rike hi$ i$ mainly due %o %he Ra&a!ak$a #iin# more o!!or%uni%ie$ and !riori%y %o %he ne" .$ "ho 'ro$$ed oer %o %he re#ime *rom %he + and $idelinin# %he old SLF $%al"ar%$ hi$ ha$ #ien %he o!!or%uni%y *or %he $enior SLF member$ %o in'line "i%h %he *ormer re$iden% and *ormer leader o* %he !ar%y Chandrika >umara%hun#a % i$ belieed %ha% %hi$ *or'e "ill &oin %he la%%er and !er$uade her %o 'on%e$% %he 'omin# !re$iden%ial ele'%ion$ in order %o !ro%e'% %he !ar%y *rom %he Ra&a!ak$a$ n order %o 'oun%er %hi$ $i%ua%ion %he Ra&a!ak$a ha$ $ho"n $ome $%ern a'%ion$ a#ain$% %he *ormer .$ by !rodu'in# and in'rimina%in# %hem a% %he bribery and 'orru!%ion and by remoin# %heir  bene*i%$ and !riile#e$ bu% %hi$ "ill *ur%heran'e and a##raa%e more ha%red amon# %he old SLF$ a#ain$% %he Ra&a!ak$a in %ime %o 'ome?ud#e% de*ea%$ in %he lo'al #oernmen% 'oun'il$he $e'ond bombardmen% %he Ra&a!ak$a re#ime i$ *a'in# i$ %he bud#e% de*ea%$ a% %he !roin'ial and lo'al leel .ore %han de$'ribin# %hi$ a$ a de*ea% %hi$ 'an be illu$%ra%ed a$ a $%ru##le *or
 
'orru!%ion or one %ryin# %o $"indle more %han %he o%her member >no"in# %he *a'% %he re#ime i$ #oin# %o 'olla!$e in $hor% %ime, i% i$ $oon be'omin# a $i%ua%ion "here %he member$ o* %he re#ime "ho are in %he !roin'ial and lo'al leel, %heir *amilie$ and %heir hen'hmen$ are %ryin# %o make a ui'k bu'k ou% o* !ubli' *und$ by inolin# in $ordid deal$ "i%h %he in*luen'e o* %he re#ime or by *oul mean$ 4<; o* %he ou% o* %he %o%al bud#e% e=!endi%ure ha$ been allo'a%ed %o *ie mini$%rie$ handled by %he re$iden%, e'onomi' deelo!men% .ini$%er ?a$il Ra&a!ak$a and %he e*en$e Se're%ary Go%abaya Ra&a!ak$a 6 $%a##erin# R$ <24 billion ha$ been re$ered *or %he mini$%rie$ under %he %hree Ra&a!ak$a$ ou% o* %he %o%al bud#e% o* R$ 1@4 %rillion Sin'e %he bud#e% allo'a%ion *or %hree Ra&a!ak$a i$ nearly @0; *rom %he %o%al bud#e% e=!endi%ure %he remainin# im!or%an% A2 mini$%rie$ $u'h a$ heal%h, edu'a%ion and o%her$ ha$ %o $hare %he balan'e @B; ue %o %hi$ mini$%er$ are de!ried %ha% %heir mini$%rie$ are no% #ran%ed $u**i'ien% 'a!i%al bud#e% allo'a%ion *rom %he annual bud#e% Sin'e lar#e in*ra$%ru'%ure !ro&e'%$ are im!lemen%ed %hrou#h %he e'onomi' deelo!men% mini$%ry o* ?a$il Ra&a!ak$a, all o%her mini$%rie$ ha$ %o im!lemen% %heir deelo!men%$ in 'on&un'%ion "i%h %he e'onomi' deelo!men% mini$%ry ue %o %hi$, mini$%rie$ are no% #ran%ed $u**i'ien% 'a!i%al bud#e% and re$%ri'%ed hain# a''e$$ %o lar#e *inan'e$ /"in# %o %hi$ *a'% mini$%er$ are only allo"ed %o mani!ula%e %he 'rumb$ ue %o %hi$ %he mini$%er$ are %ryin# %o kee! 'lo$e ally "i%h Ra&a!ak$a bro%her$ %o "in %heir 'on*iden'e %o #e% *e" !riile#e$ and %o inole %hem a$ a !ar% in $"indlin# Sin'e %he ma&or !or%ion$ o* %he 'orru!%ion are #obbled by %he Ra&a!ak$a bro%her$ and %heir *amilie$ %he mini$%er$ are de!ried o* %he Ra&a!ak$a re$%ri'%in# %o hae %he remainderCurren% !o$i%ion o* %he o!!o$i%ionue %o %he *a'% %he Ra&a!ak$a re#ime ha$ !oli%i'i:ed all i%$ demo'ra%i' arm$ %hrou#h i%$ in*luen'e %he main o!!o$i%ion + i$ unable %o demo'ra%i'ally 'hallen#e %he Ra&a!ak$a ?u% 'er%ain 'hara'%eri$%i' 'hallen#e$ are no" emer#in# "hi'h i$ a #ood $i#n 6 &oin% o!!o$i%ion *or'e 'an hel! %o %o!!le %he Ra&a!ak$a re#ime or a !eo!le$ rebellion !o"er 3hile %he ba%%le *or %he + leader$hi! i$ in *or'e %he 'urren% + leader$hi! ha$ %o build a 'olle'%ie !eo!le$ *or'e able %o 'hallen#e %he Ra&a!ak$a$ au%hori%arian #oernan'e % %ook a lon# %ime *or %he + %o amend i%$ !oli'y %o aboli$h %he 'urren% e=e'u%ie !re$iden%ial $y$%em and %o #ran% %he  !o"er$ %o %he !arliamen% %o $%ren#%hen emo'ra'y and rule o* la" + by in%rodu'in# %he e=e'u%ie !re$iden%ial $y$%em %o %he 'urren% 'on$%i%u%ion hae learn% many le$$on$, under#one many a$$aul%$ *or %he !a$% 20 year$ and *a'ed many 'hallen#e$ "hen %he !o$% #oe$ %o an un$ui%able !er$on "ho "ill look *or"ard %o 'rea%e an au%hori%arian re#ime di$re#ardin# %he be$% in%ere$% o* i%$ 'i%i:en$ From %he le$$on$ learn% %he + $hould be able %o behae and 'ondu'% i%$ ne" $%ra%e#ie$ %o %he 'ommon !eo!le in a "ay %hey 'ould *eel and under$%and 6l%hou#h %he + leader$hi! 'oun'il i$$ue i$ an in%ernal ri*%, i* %he he + 'an lead %he !ar%y and i%$ member$ in e**i'ien% "ay i% 'an be a #ood !re'eden'e *or %he *u%ure Sa&i%h !remada$a ha$ %o reali:e %he main !er$on "ho %ake$ adan%a#e o* %he ri*% be%"een him and %he + leader$hi! 'oun'il i$ none o%her %han .ahinda Ra&a!ak$a hou#h Sa&i%h remada$a o'i*era%e$ %ha% he 'an eradi'a%e !oer%y and !roide e'onomi' relie* %o %he lie$ o* !eo!le "hen he 'ome$ %o  !o"er, he doe$ no% e=!lain ho" he 'an do $o -e doe$n% $ho" an in%ere$% or bo%her %o #ie an an$"er %o %he 'lear me$$a#e #ien by %he nor%hern !eo!le o* %he 'oun%ry he nor%hern !eo!le hae $ho"n %ha% %hey need a 'han#e o* !oli'y in %he Sri Lankan !oli%i'$, bu% Sa&i%h remada$a doe$ no% hae any 'redible an$"er$ %o %he ue$%ion o* %he nor%hern !eo!le * Sa&i%h remada$a "i$he$ %ha% he i$ more $ui%able *or %he !re$iden%ial 'andida%e and he 'an be %he ne=% !re$iden%

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