Monday, November 21, 2005

Ratnasiri Wickremanayake appointed as new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka


Buddasasana Minister and Deputy Defense Minister Mr. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has been appointed the 14th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, by the new President Mahinda Rajapakse. Wickremanayake served as Prime Minister between 1999 and 2001 under the then President Chandrika Kumaratunga. He also served as a minister under the government of Srimavo Bandaranaiyaka during the ‘60s.

Analysts say that the appointment of such a well known SLFP hawk for this important position has come as little surprise. Wickremanayake has been critical of the current peace process, CFA and Norway’s role as facilitator on several occasions. He was also the man responsible for introducing the anti-conversion bill that violates three major UN declarations and covenants.

Analysts fear that this appointment may be early indications of the extremist government’s plans to give absolute preference to Buddhism and tear up the CFA.

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