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Civil war-era defense chief Rajapaksa to become Sri Lankan President

17 Nov 2019

Civil war-era defense chief Rajapaksa to become Sri Lankan President

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is set to become the next Sri Lankan President as the ruling United National Party's presidential candidate, Sajith Premadasa, conceded.

UN Secretary-General welcomes resolution of political crisis in Sri Lanka

21 Dec 2018

UN Secretary-General welcomes resolution of political crisis in Sri Lanka

UN chief Antonio Guterres has welcomed the resolution of the political crisis in Sri Lanka and called on all the political actors to resolve all outstanding differences in the interest of people of the country.

After Wickremesinghe's reinstatement, Lanka-Parliament to convene today for first time

18 Dec 2018

After Wickremesinghe's reinstatement, Lanka-Parliament to convene today for first time

Sri Lanka's Parliament is set to convene today for the first time after the reinstatement of Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister that ended the 51-day political standoff in the country.

Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa resigns, Wickremesinghe likely to take oath tomorrow

15 Dec 2018

Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa resigns, Wickremesinghe likely to take oath tomorrow

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister on October 26 by President Maithripala Sirisena in a controversial move, resigned today, as two crucial Supreme Court decisions made the embattled former strongman's efforts to cling to premiership "untenable".

Ongoing crisis issue between foreign, indigenous thinking: Sri Lankan President

10 Dec 2018

Ongoing crisis issue between foreign, indigenous thinking: Sri Lankan President

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has described the ongoing political crisis in the country as one between foreign and local values.

Sri Lanka: Major setback to Sirisena; Parliament votes against Rajapaksa

14 Nov 2018

Sri Lanka: Major setback to Sirisena; Parliament votes against Rajapaksa

In a major setback to Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lankan Parliament today passed a no-confidence motion against the government headed by his controversially-appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Long-held Tamil prisoners may be released soon: Rajapaksa's son

04 Nov 2018

Long-held Tamil prisoners may be released soon: Rajapaksa's son

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's legislator son Namal today indicated that the long-held demand of the Tamil minority community to release all Tamil prisoners in the country may be fulfilled soon, a move aimed at persuading the Tamil legislators to support Rajapaksa.

Lanka's new Cabinet to be sworn in on May 1

29 Apr 2018

Lanka's new Cabinet to be sworn in on May 1

New Cabinet of Sri Lanka's unity government will be sworn in on Tuesday, President Maithripala Sirisena announced today, weeks after he had suspended Parliament in backdrop of ongoing political turmoil in country.