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  • A Letter to the UN on the Rohingya Muslims in Burma
    22.05.2015 Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein,
    United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights,
    Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),
    Palais des Nations,
    CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland.   Your Excellency, We, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, the supreme body of the Islamic theologians in Sri Lanka, established in 1924, are very much concerned about the problems faced by the Rohingya Muslims in Burma. It is very much disturbing and pathetic to notice that these Rohinya Muslims have been treated in a very inhuman manner by the Burmese Government officials and the Buddhist Extremists in that country. These innocent people who have been subject to annihilation by...
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  • Gnanasara Thera released on bail
    Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera was released on a cash bail of Rs. 5,000 with a surety of Rs. 1 million by Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya when the Thera was produced in court. He was arrested by the police this morning on an arrest warrant issued by the Magistrate’s Court.  The warrant was issued on the Thera for failing to appear in Court in a case related to a protest held outside the Bribery Commission last month.  (TFT) Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.
  • ශිරන්ති රාජපක්ෂ 'මූල්‍යය අපරාධ කොට්ඨාශය හමුවට'
    හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂගේ බිරිඳ ශිරන්ති රාජපක්ෂට පොලිස් මූල්‍යය අපරාධ විමර්ශන කොට්ඨාශය හමුවේ පෙනී සිටින මෙන් දන්වා ඇතැයි පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ පවසයි. යහපාලනය වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටින ආණ්ඩුව දේශපාලන පිළිගැනීමක් වශයෙන් සිය පවුලේ සාමාජිකයන් පීඩාවට පත් කරන බව පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ නිකුත්...
  • ACJU’s Message of Condolence to Nepal
    Published on 27.04.2015 Hijiri date 1436.07.07   We, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, regret to understand the calamities caused due to Himalayas’ earth quakes during the last two days that hit Nepal and some parts of India, our neighboring countries. Over two thousand died, many thousands injured, while over ten thousands are left without homes, and basic needs, according to news received. All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama sends this message of condolence to the respective Governments and the people in sorrow. At this juncture, ACJU pleads to the people in general, specially the Muslim community to join hands with the international aid supporters to help on humanitarian grounds. ACJU constantly prays the God, Almighty, to discontinue this type of natural disasters in the world.   Ash-Sheikh M.M.A.  Mubarak
  • ACJU Appeal to Help the Victims of the Nepal Earthquake
    Published on 28.04.2015 Hijiri date 1436.07.05 All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama appeals to the public to help the victims of the Nepal Earthquake on humanitarian grounds. The earthquakes that hit Nepal during the last weekend has ended a furious death toll of more than 3,500 and many thousands were left homeless, while many thousands were seriously injured, according to the information received. ACJU appeals to participate in helping the victims in whatever ways possible on humanitarian grounds. Those willing to help through All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama may deposit the contribution to the following account. For further details, contact Ash Sheikh Abdul Muksith, Secretary for the Social Services Committee, on 0773 575 742 All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama Account No. 1320006768 Bank- Commercial Bank Branch – Maradana   Thanking You   Ash...
  • මහින්ද ගේ හෙලිකොප්ටර් බිල 'හමුදා නිලධාරියෙක් ගෙවලා'
    පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණයේ දී හිටපු ජනාධිපතිවරයා සහ ඔහුගේ පවුලේ සාමාජිකයන් යොදාගත් ගුවන් යානා වෙනුවෙන් ගෙවිය යුතු මුදලෙන් විශාල කොටසක් ගෙවනු ලැබුවේ හමුදා නිලධාරියකු විසින් බව ගුවන් හමුදාව පවසයි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් හමුදාවේ නිලධාරීන් ඒ බව අනාවරණය කොට තිබෙන්නේ හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ගේ ජනපතිවරණ ප්‍රචාරක කටයුතු වෙනුවෙන්...
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Celebration in Egypt as Morsi declared winner

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Muslim Brotherhood candidate and president-elect in victory speech vows to unite the country and stand up for democracy.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi has officially won Egypt's presidential election and will be the country's next president, the electoral commission has announced.

Morsi picked up 13.2 million votes out of just over 26 million, giving him about 51 per cent of the vote. His competitor, Ahmed Shafik, the final prime minister under Hosni Mubarak, received 12.3 million. More than 800,000 ballots were invalidated.

The president-elected delivered a victory address on Sunday night. He spoke on state television, long a medium which demonised him and the Muslim Brotherhood. He thanked the Egyptian people for their votes, calling them "my family" and "my beloved," and promised to work to "restore their rights."

"I have no rights, only responsibilities," Morsi said. "If I do not deliver, do not obey me."

He also reached out to the army, the police, and Egypt's intelligence services, thanking them for their work in protecting the country, and promised to "preserve" the military.

Congratulations from abroad

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Tahrir Square to celebrate Morsi's victory, where they waved Egyptian flags and chanted "God is great" and "down with military rule."

Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt's military ruler, congratulated Morsi on his victory, state television reported. Reactions also trickled in from around the region: The governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the Palestinian Authority congratulated the winner.

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said in a statement that he "respects the outcome" of the election, and "expects to continue cooperation with the Egyptian administration". Morsi made an oblique reference to Israel in his victory speech, when he promised to "keep all international treaties," a vow which would include the 1979 Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt.

The White House also congratulated Morsi, and urged him to "advance national unity by reaching out to all parties and constituencies."

Bishop Pachomius, the caretaker pope of Egypt's Coptic Church, issued a short statement congratulating Morsi. The Coptic community makes up about 10 per cent of Egypt's population, and some were worried by Morsi's candidacy, fearing that his government would restrict their personal freedoms.

Gehad el-Haddad, Morsi's campaign spokesman, said in an interview shortly after the results were announced that Morsi would work to be a "president for all Egyptians".

The president-elect is expected to take his oath of office later this month in front of the country's supreme court - though a spokesman said on Facebook that Morsi would take the oath in front of parliament, the "only elected institution" in the country.

The Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement that Morsi had resigned his positions in both the Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party, fulfilling a campaign pledge.

There was no immediate reaction from Shafik's campaign.

Political uncertainty ahead

Morsi's victory caps off more than a week of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the Brotherhood and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). He claimed victory just hours after last week's runoff election, based on unofficial numbers tallied by the Brotherhood, but the commission delayed its official announcement until Sunday.

In the intervening days, Khairat al-Shater, the Brotherhood's political boss, met generals from SCAF at least once. Sources say they were negotiating exactly what powers the president will have.

Despite Morsi's victory, many of those questions about his power remain unanswered.

"This is not the end of the game, it's a start of a huge responsibility," el-Haddad told Al Jazeera.

"It comes with more challenges, turning from being the largest opposition group in Egypt to leading the country with its national front."

Shortly before the polls closed last week, the generals issued a decree sharply limiting the powers of the new president. It permitted him to declare war, for example, only with the approval of the military council.

SCAF will also keep control of legislative power, and the budget, until a new parliament is elected. Egyptians went to the polls in November to elect a legislature, which was dominated by the Freedom and Justice Party, but it was dissolved earlier this month after a high court ruling found parts of the electoral law unconstitutional.

Saad el-Katatni, the speaker of the now-dissolved parliament, also met with officials from SCAF, and told them that the Brotherhood would not accept the court ruling or the election-night decree. But it is unclear whether the Brotherhood ultimately accepted those decisions in exchange for the presidency.

Either way, the military council - which has promised to hand over power to a civilian government on June 30, in a "grand ceremony" - will remain a powerful force in Egyptian politics, despite the election of a civilian president.

Courtesy: Al Jazeera



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