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IMPEACHMENT WILL NOT BE SOLUTION TO COUNTRY’S PROBLEMS - Jehan Perera

The government’s decision to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake on the grounds of alleged misbehavior is a controversial one. It is extraordinary in a democratic society for a chief justice to be faced with charges that are said to merit impeachment. During her long tenure on the Supreme Court Justice Bandaranayake since 1996 she has maintained a low profile. She was also the country’s first woman judge of the Supreme Court. She was appointed to the highest position in the judiciary by the present government. The timing of her impeachment has been disconcerting. The impeachment motion was presented to the Speaker of Parliament at same time the time that Sri Lanka was defending its human rights record before the United Nations in terms of the Universal Periodic Review.

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IMPROVE GOVERNANCE WITHOUT BLAMING MINORITIES - Jehan Perera

The great hopes of a leap forward to a new era that came with the end of the war have now been dispelled. The anticipated prosperity and inter-ethnic reconciliation that was expected to be Sri Lanka’s after the war has still not materialized. The continuing bailouts of loss making government enterprises and the impeachment of the Chief Justice are but two examples of the failure of governance. The mobilization of the country to win the war has not been accompanied by a restructuring of the state to deal with the challenges of winning the peace. Life continues to be hard for the vast majority of people and competition is intense due to limited economic opportunity within the country.

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