| January 1
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
highlighting the Government's achievements in the past two years
in his New Year message said the Government is focused on empowering
the people while encouraging co-existence and harmony between
SLMC, backed by some other minority
parties, opposed the new electoral system called the "Mixed Member
Proportional System". SLMC leader, Urban Development Minister
Rauff Hakeem told that his party was against it because, if enacted,
it would be disadvantageous for the parties.
Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils
Faizer Mustapha refused to accept the report of the Delimitation
Committee reviewing the demarcation of electoral boundaries in
local Government wards as only three members of the five-member
committee has signed the much-delayed report.
Mullaitivu District Court asked the Army to submit
the list of LTTE cadres who surrendered to the security forces
during the final phase of the war with the LTTE in 2009.
Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms appointed
by the Prime Minister on January 26, 2016 handed over its complete
report to the Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
CaFFE made an open request from the Local Government
and Provincial Councils Ministry to publish the report of the
Delimitation Commission through a gazette notification as soon
The three-day parliamentary debate on constitutional
proposals was postponed because some political parties sought
further time to come up their stands.
Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Secretary of CTF on
Reconciliation mechanisms said that war victims have no trust
in domestic mechanism.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad
Al Hussein welcomed the report published by the CTF on Reconciliation
Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that
I have no confidence in the CTF on Reconciliation Mechanisms appointed
by the Prime Minister.
Addressing a hurriedly called press conference
at the President's House, State Minister of Finance Lakshman Yapa
Abeywardene said that President Maithripala Sirisena categorically
ruled out the participation of foreign judges to hear or inquire
into war crime allegations.
TNA's Jaffna District MP M.A. Sumanthiran said
that TNA is positive about six subcommittee reports on new Constitution.