Sri Lanka breakdown of remaining democracy slammed by newspapers

Standing left to right – Mr. Dinesh Jebamani (Chief Manager Liability Product Management and New Age Media – Seylan Bank), Mr.Sudesh Peiris (Senior Manager – Digital Banking Channels – Seylan Bank), Ms. S.Senevirathne (Representative of the Revenue Department – Western Province), Mr. Tilan Wijeyesekera (Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking – Seylan Bank) and Mr. Malik Wickremanayaka (Deputy General Manager – Operations – Seylan Bank)

Sept 05, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s main English weeklies have slammed a proposed change to the country’s constitution as the latest in a long list of moves by rulers to destroy individual liberties and break remaining democratic institutions. The constitutional change will see the term limits for the President currently set at two being lifted. Earlier this year Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa won a landslide second term.

Juggernaut

But more damagingly, it will also break remaining democratic institutions with the independence of the judiciary and the election office also destroyed, The Sunday Times newspaper said.

“The watchdogs may bark, but the caravan moves on,” the newspaper said in an editorial titled ‘Hail Caesar’.

“That might sum up the credo of the all-powerful Government as it motors along with the proposed constitutional amendments that would, in effect, turn the country’s political establishment on its head in time to come.

“In a sense it is a circus we are watching. Once these amendments are passed, all pretences to an independent public service will disappear¦”

The Sunday Island wrote an editorial titled ‘More Bahubootha or More Nonsense’, a reference to the labe