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File image - Tillakaratne Dilshan raises his bat after helping his team win a match.(AP)

Former Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan joins Rajapakse’s party

Colombo | By AFP
PUBLISHED ON NOV 14, 2018 06:18 PM IST
Tillakaratne Dilshan took membership in Rajapakse’s newly-formed Sri Lanka People’s Front (SLPP) on the same day the national parliament defeated the former president in a landmark vote.
A majority of the 225-member assembly supported a no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapakse who was made prime minister on October 26 in place of Ranil Wickremesinghe.(AFP)
A majority of the 225-member assembly supported a no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapakse who was made prime minister on October 26 in place of Ranil Wickremesinghe.(AFP)

Sri Lanka parliament passes no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa

Colombo | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2018 12:19 PM IST
Sri Lanka’s parliament passed a motion of no-confidence in the controversially appointed government of Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday, a day after the Supreme Court overturned a presidential decree dissolving the legislature.
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday announced that he would lift the suspension of parliament in 10 days as international pressure mounted on him to open the legislature and resolve a leadership struggle.(Reuters File Photo)
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday announced that he would lift the suspension of parliament in 10 days as international pressure mounted on him to open the legislature and resolve a leadership struggle.(Reuters File Photo)

As international pressure mounts, Sri Lanka to lift parliament suspension in 10 days

Colombo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2018 10:00 PM IST
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena shut the parliament a day after sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and appointing former president Mahinda Rajapakse to the post.
Sri Lanka's main Tamil party urged the president to reconvene parliament and end a worsening political crisis, as the minority ethnic community emerge as kingmakers in the power struggle.(AFP)
Sri Lanka's main Tamil party urged the president to reconvene parliament and end a worsening political crisis, as the minority ethnic community emerge as kingmakers in the power struggle.(AFP)

Sri Lanka Tamils urge president Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene parliament to end political crisis

Colombo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2018 11:47 PM IST
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) could tip the balance should parliament be recalled this week to decide between two rivals both claiming the lawful right to head Sri Lanka’s government.
Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has been holed up at the prime minister’s official residence for more than a week as thousands of supporters gather outside, told AFP in an interview that “desperate people” could cause chaos on the Indian Ocean island.(Reuters/File Photo)
Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has been holed up at the prime minister’s official residence for more than a week as thousands of supporters gather outside, told AFP in an interview that “desperate people” could cause chaos on the Indian Ocean island.(Reuters/File Photo)

Ousted Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says time running out to avert ‘bloodbath’

Colombo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2018 10:22 AM IST
Sri Lanka’s sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has warned that time is running out to avert a “bloodbath” while voicing hope that parliament will resolve a damaging constitutional crisis in the coming days.
Sacked Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s party said about 1,00,000 people flooded the streets, while police sources estimated 25,000 even as scores of buses brought more demonstrators to the biggest rally since the constitutional crisis erupted.(AP)
Sacked Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s party said about 1,00,000 people flooded the streets, while police sources estimated 25,000 even as scores of buses brought more demonstrators to the biggest rally since the constitutional crisis erupted.(AP)

Sacked Sri Lankan PM’s supporters stage massive rally in Colombo, tear up President’s effigies

Colombo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2018 06:19 PM IST
Tens of thousands of supporters of sacked Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe blocked roads in Colombo on Tuesday, stepping up a showdown with the country’s newly appointed leader Mahinda Rajapakse, a former strongman accused of grave rights abuses.
A constitutional crisis gripping Sri Lanka since the president's shock dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe erupted into violence.(AFP)
A constitutional crisis gripping Sri Lanka since the president's shock dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe erupted into violence.(AFP)

Sri Lanka parliament Speaker warns of ‘bloodbath’ amid political crisis

Colombo | By AFP
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2018 03:39 PM IST
“We should settle this through parliament, but if we take it out to the streets, there will be a huge bloodbath,” Jayasuriya told reporters.
Members of Sri Lanka's Special Task Force and the police chase away supporters of Sri Lanka's newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after an official security guard of sacked minister Arjuna Ranatunga shot and killed one person in front of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, in Colombo.(REUTERS)
Members of Sri Lanka's Special Task Force and the police chase away supporters of Sri Lanka's newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after an official security guard of sacked minister Arjuna Ranatunga shot and killed one person in front of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, in Colombo.(REUTERS)

Sri Lanka crisis worsens as sacked minister Arjuna Ranatunga’s guard opens fire, one killed

Colombo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2018 08:37 PM IST
Sri Lanka political crisis: Over 1,000 supporters and loyalists, including chanting Buddhist monks, massed outside the colonial-era residence in Colombo where a defiant Ranil Wickremesinghe has been holding crisis talks with allies.
Sri Lanka's ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives at a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka October 27, 2018.(REUTERS)
Sri Lanka's ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives at a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka October 27, 2018.(REUTERS)

Sri Lanka Speaker recognises Wickremesinghe as lawful PM, 3 days after sacking by President

Agence France-Presse | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2018 03:18 PM IST
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said Wickremesinghe’s request to retain the security and privileges of prime minister was fair until another candidate could prove a majority in parliament.
Sacked Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday demanded the parliament speaker call an emergency session so he can prove his majority, officials said.(Reuters File Photo)
Sacked Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday demanded the parliament speaker call an emergency session so he can prove his majority, officials said.(Reuters File Photo)

Sacked Sri Lanka PM seeks emergency parliament session

Colombo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2018 12:51 PM IST
Sacked Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe insists that he had a majority in the 225-member legislature and his sacking was illegal.
Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapaksa (Front-L) is sworn in as the new Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 26.(REUTERS)
Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapaksa (Front-L) is sworn in as the new Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 26.(REUTERS)

Sri Lanka President sacks PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, appoints ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse as new premier

Colombo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2018 12:05 AM IST
Ranil Wickremesinghe insists that he is still the legitimate prime minister and will fight his dismissal in court.
The digging work at the old cooperative store site in Mannar was conducted for the 79th day Tuesday to establish if it was a mass burial site.(Representive Image/File Photo)
The digging work at the old cooperative store site in Mannar was conducted for the 79th day Tuesday to establish if it was a mass burial site.(Representive Image/File Photo)

Mass grave with skeletal remains of over 150 people found in Sri Lanka

Press Trust of India, Colombo | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2018 12:08 AM IST
At least 14 of the skeletal remains found in the northeastern district of Mannar were of children.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (2R) lays flowers at a memorial for those who died in the decades-long conflict against the Tamil Tigers, during a commemorative ceremony marking the 9th anniversary of the end of the islands Tamil separatist war, in the capital Colombo on May 19, 2018.(AFP)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (2R) lays flowers at a memorial for those who died in the decades-long conflict against the Tamil Tigers, during a commemorative ceremony marking the 9th anniversary of the end of the islands Tamil separatist war, in the capital Colombo on May 19, 2018.(AFP)

Tamil separatists are regrouping abroad, says Sri Lanka president

Agence France-Presse, Colombo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2018 11:11 AM IST
Maithripala Sirisena said government forces had failed to quash the Tamil rebels’ separatism, although they were militarily conquered by May 2009 following a no-holds-barred offensive.
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