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18th Amendment – News and Views

English language Articles appeared in media in Sri Lanka and abroad  on  the 18  Amendment to the constitution of Sri Lanka

  1. Proposed 18th Amendment To The Sri Lankan Constitution (Full Text) -
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/09/03/proposed-18th-amendment-to-the-sri-lankan-constitution-full-text/
  2. Full text of Supreme Court judgement on 18th Amendment
    http://www.groundviews.org/2010/09/10/for-the-record-full-text-of-supreme-court-judgement-on-18th-amendment/
    Positions of Political Parties
  3. President defends 18th Amendment
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/index.php/news/front-page-news/20759-president-defends-18th-amendment-.html
  4. Ranil denies claim
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/6379-ranil-denies-presidents-claim.html
  5. Chandrika Kumaratunga Condemns The 18th Amendment
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/chandrika_kumaratunga_condemns.html#more
  6. 18th amendment is submission to autocracy; The ugly urgency tells all says Mano Ganesan
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/18th_amendment_is_submission_t.html#more
  7. Full Text -‘T.N.A cannot support the Eighteenth Amendment as presently constituted’
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/full_text_position_of_the_tami.html#more
  8. We oppose but support – Vasu (left parties)
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/index.php/news/front-page-news/20752-et-tu-vasu-.html
  9. (Left) Move condemned by section of LSSP
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/6391-move-condemned.html
  10. 18th CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT:”How Can This Bill be Urgent – TNA
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/18th_constitutional_amendmenth.html#more
  11. A govt viewpoint on why the 18th Amendment to the Constitution is necessary
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/a_govt_viewpoint_on_why_the_18.html#more
  12. 18th Constitutional Amendment has twelve objectives – Basil Rajapksha – GOSL
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/18th_constitutional_amendment_1.html
  13. Mahendra Percival Rajapaksa is now the King of Sri Lanka by Mangala Samaraweera
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/mahendra_percival_rajapaksa_is.html
  14. “Priority to win the economic war to eliminate poverty” LSSP statement on the 18th Amendment to the Constitution
    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2010/09/priority-to-win-economic-war-to.html
  15. Editorials
  16. Hail Caesar - 05 Sep 2010 Sunday Times  editorial -  http://www.sundaytimes.lk/100905/Editorial.html
  17. The Death Of A Nation - 05 Sep. 2010 Sunday Leader editorial- http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/09/05/the-death-of-a-nation/comment-page-1/#comment-78305
  18. Our futures amended -05 September 2010 Lakbima English Editorial
    http://www.lakbimanews.lk/archvi/lakbimanews_10_09_05/editorial.htm
  19. Where do we go from here - Editorial, The Sunday Times, 12.09.2010
    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/100912/Editorial.html
  20. Rolling up the electoral map? – Editorial Tha Sunday Island 12.09.2010
    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=news-section&page=news-section&code_title=69
  21. WHO TAKES THE RAP? editorial, Lakbima English 12.09.2010
    http://www.lakbimanews.lk/editorial.htm
  22. Now it’s President’s turn to do the rest, Editorial,The Nation, 12/09/2010
    http://www.nation.lk/2010/09/12/edit.htm
  23. Civil society and media
  24. The constitution reforms condemned by academics
    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2010/09/constitution-reforms-condemned-by.html
  25. OPA expresses “deep concern’’ on 18th Amendment
    http://www.lankamagazine.com/2010/09/04/opa-expresses-deep-concern%E2%80%99%E2%80%99-on-18th-amendment
  26. Sri Lanka civil society organizations oppose constitutional changehttp://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php?nid=1050917897
  27. Constitutional Dictatorship : Reaping the war dividend By Dr. Kumar David – http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=5924
  28. Anglican Bishop: 18th Amendment will lead to destructive erosion of democracyhttp://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=32533
  29. TISL concerned with proposed Amendment -http://www.tisrilanka.org/?p=5989
  30. The constitutional amendment legalizes power of goons – Tilvin Silva – http://www.lankatruth.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6559:the-constitutional-amendment-legalizes-power-of-goons–tilvin-silva&catid=34:lead-news&Itemid=50
  31. A timeline of duplicity: Promises to abolish the Executive Presidencyhttp://www.groundviews.org/2010/09/05/a-timeline-of-duplicity-promises-to-abolish-the-executive-presidency/
  32. Resisting the Loss of Citizenship in Sri Lankahttp://www.groundviews.org/2010/09/06/resisting-the-loss-of-citizenship-in-sri-lanka/#more-4013
  33. The 18th Amendment: Constitutional Reform as the Consolidation of Power . by Dr. P. Saravanamuttu – http://www.groundviews.org/2010/09/04/the-18th-amendment-constitutional-reform-as-the-consolidation-of-power/#more-3991
  34. Outrageous process and substance: The proposed 18th Amendment to the Constitution - Rohan Edirisnghe http://www.groundviews.org/201
  35. Sri Lanka President says 18th Amendment will dilute some powers of the Executive Presidency –
    http://www.colombopage.com/archive_10B/Sep06_1283788279CH.php0/09/01/outrageous-process-and-substance-the-proposed-18th-amendment-to-the-constitution/#more-3945
  36. The 18th Amendment Destroying Democracy By Manipulation Of The Democratic Process Itself -
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1009/S00068/sri-lanka-the-18th-amendment-destroying-democracy.htm
  37. 18th amendment will lead to a dictatorship – Karu Jayasuriya –
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/18th_amendment_will_lead_to_a.html
  38. A plea to withdraw the Eighteenth Amendment - Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera –
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/a_plea_to_withdraw_the_eightee.html
  39. CPA Statement on the Eighteenth Amendment Bill- http://www.tisrilanka.org/?p=6007
  40. Why removing Presidential term limits is wrong
    http://www.lankanewsweb.com/EN_FEATURE/FEATURE_10_09_03_001.html
  41. DOUBLE EDGED ARGUMENT ON TWO TERM LIMIT
    http://www.peace-srilanka.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=292:double-edged-argument-on-two-term-limit&catid=1:latest&Itemid=121
  42. Proposed 18th Amendment is grave threat to democracy and good governance-National Christian Council
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/proposed_18th_amendment_is_gra.html#more
  43. INADVISABLE TO RACE THROUGH WITH ONE SIDED CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES
    http://peace-srilanka.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=293:inadvisable-to-race-through-with-one-sided-constitutional-changes&catid=17:media
  44. Rauff tips the scale to a perpetual presidency via the 18th Amendment
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/index.php/opinion1/20241.html
  45. Constitutional reforms over the years
    http://lankagazette.com/topstories/constitutional-reforms-over-the-years/
  46. THE UNHOLY RUSH
    http://www.lakbimanews.lk/special/spe7.htm
  47. Poll Commission’s powers stripped
    http://www.nation.lk/2010/09/05/news2.htm
  48. Oh, what a circus, what a show… by Kishali Pinto Jayawardane
    http://sundaytimes.lk/100905/Columns/focus.html
  49. Presidential rule and good governance
    http://www.nation.lk/2010/09/05/newsfe1.html
  50. THE JUDGMENT OF HISTORY
    http://www.groundviews.org/2010/09/07/the-judgment-of-history/#more-4022
  51. The Death of Democracy in Sri Lanka
    http://www.groundviews.org/2010/09/07/the-death-of-democracy-in-sri-lanka/#more-4029
  52. JVP calls on the citizens to oppose Amendment
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/index.php/news/front-page-news/20887.html
  53. A letter from Batticaloa against the 18th Amendment
    http://www.groundviews.org/wp-content/uploads/Letter-Large.jpg
  54. Law students write against 18th Amendment
    http://www.groundviews.org/2010/09/08/law-students-write-against-18th-amendment/
  55. A senior journalist and rights activist on the 18th Amendment
    http://www.groundviews.org/2010/09/08/a-senior-journalist-and-rights-activist-on-the-18th-amendment/
  56. BASL urges govt. not to move 18th Amdmt.
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/index.php/news/front-image/20897.html
  57. 18th Amendment is a grave threat to Democracy and Good governance. -The National Christian Council
    http://www.lankanewsweb.com/news/EN_2010_09_08_011.html
  58. New powers for Sri Lanka President
    http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/politics/international_politicssri+lankan+president+rajapakse+given+new+powers/3762952
  59. Sri Lanka Ends Presidential Term Limits
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/09/world/asia/09srilanka.html
  60. Sri Lanka removes 2-term limit for presidency – AP
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jSHzhjNFO118ZH7MMuqP6F_uO_HAD9I3P9GG0
  61. Saving Sri Lanka from a declining political culture
    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2010/09/saving-sri-lanka-from-declining.html
  62. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s new powers are unnecessary and dangerous - The ecomonist
    http://www.economist.com/node/16992141?story_id=16992141
  63. The fatal night that changed the phantom democracy into a complete dictatorship
    http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/2010statements/2817
  64. US expresses concern over changes to Lankan constitution
    http://www.zeenews.com/news654433.html
  65. Why the world must stop Sri Lanka’s decline – Increasing the presidential term hastens a dictatorship -By Sonali Samarasinghe
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/why_the_world_must_stop_sri_la.html#more
  66. Mahinda’s toadies coddle his grab for power
    Treachery what is Left of thy name – Kumar David
    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=6488
  67. Democracy at crossroads
    http://sundaytimes.lk/100912/Columns/political.html
  68. Our death chant for democracy By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene
    http://sundaytimes.lk/100912/Columns/focus.html
  69. 18th Amendment: Legitimizing a culture of “Hondamai Sir?”
    http://sundaytimes.lk/100912/Columns/Lasandak.html
  70. Sometimes, I feel that when institutions die, it’s even worse than people dying - Basil Fernando
    http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/2010statements/2818
  71. After the 18th Amendment… What?
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2010/09/12/after-the-18th-amendment-what/
  72. Marcos-type ‘despotic family regime on way’
    http://www.nation.lk/2010/09/12/inter3.htm
  73. The Rajapaksa juggernaut rolls on
    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/the_rajapaksa_juggernaut_rolls.html#more
  74. Ten observations on the 18th Amendment to the Constitution by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/ten_observations_on_the_18th_a.html#more
  75. Protests

  76. Lawyers agitate against ‘Death of Democracy’
    http://www.lankatruth.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6640:lawyers-agitate-against-death-of-democracy&catid=34:lead-news&Itemid=50
  77. Photos of candle-light vigil against 18th Amendment
    http://www.groundviews.org/2010/09/08/photos-of-candle-light-vigil-against-18th-amendment/
  78. Thousands join JVP agitation despite obstacles from police
    http://www.lankatruth.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6646:thousands-join-jvp-agitation-despite-obstacles-from-police&catid=34:lead-news&Itemid=50
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