A Government spokesperson said: “Since the decision in 2011 to move to 600 constituencies, there has been significant demographic, housing and migration change and the UK has left the European Union, with the UK Parliament regaining control of key policy areas. … [Read more...] about Government wastes over £17million failing to decide whether number of MPs in Parliament needs to be cut
“I hereby declare that the appointed government has no majority in this House,” Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament shortly after it reconvened. The Parliament had been shut for nearly three weeks since President Maithripala Sirisena prorogued and subsequently dissolved it, in the wake of an unprecedented political struggle in the country. … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka Parliament votes against Rajapaksa govt.
Who's who in the Cambridge Analytica scandal? Trump strategist with Cambridge links Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon helped develop the populist, anti-Washington message that helped the billionaire win the White House. A founding member of right-wing outlet Breitbart News, Bannon is a former board member of Cambridge Analytica and brought in wealthy businessman Robert Mercer as a financial backer. He left the White House last August and Trump has since cut him off. … [Read more...] about UK Parliament threatens Facebook’s Zuckerberg with summons
‘No change in stand’However, in a message that seemed to foretell the challenges facing the “new government,” Mr. Sirisena said there was no change in his “personal position” that he would not work with Mr. Wickremesinghe even if all 225 members in Parliament backed him. “But as a leader who respects parliamentary traditions and democracy, I invited Ranil Wickremesinghe to form the government,” he said in a statement that indicated that the power struggle between the leaders was far from over. … [Read more...] about Ranil Wickremesinghe reinstated as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister
All the same, it remains unclear how the differences between Mr. Sirisena and Mr. Wickremesinghe might play out when the “new government” takes charge this weekend. While some sources said the President’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is unlikely to be part of the new government, others suggested Mr. Sirisena might reconsider the position. … [Read more...] about Rajapaksa to resign, pave the way for Ranil’s return