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Sri Lanka Timeline - Year 2017



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 all communities.

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.

January 2

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.

January 3

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 as possible.

January 5

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 Mechanisms.

January 6

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.

January 8

TNA's Jaffna District MP M.A. Sumanthiran said that TNA is positive about six subcommittee reports on new Constitution.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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