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Ranil to resign tomorrow ; 15-member cabinet under caretaker govt to be appointed:sources
Ranil to resign tomorrow ; 15-member cabinet under caretaker govt to be appointed:sources

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to resign from his position tomorrow (Nov 20), sources said. This decision had been made during Wickremesinghe's meeting with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this evening. According to sources, the resignation would pave the way for the appointment of a 15-member caretaker cabinet by the President till the General…

ST - Nov 19 15:39 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

After hiatus, Rajapaksa brothers set to dominate Sri Lanka again
After hiatus, Rajapaksa brothers set to dominate Sri Lanka again
After hiatus, Rajapaksa brothers set to dominate Sri Lanka again

One brother is considered a shoo-in for the job of Sri Lanka’s president in elections this weekend and another is eyeing the prime minister’s post when that election becomes due early next year. Two other brothers are political strategists for their Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party and one of them is considering a shot at becoming the speaker in parliament. Three…

Reuters - Nov 13 17:48 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, World ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Ranil is staying put; postpones decision to quit

    Ranil is staying put; postpones decision to quit

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who was expected to resign after he met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today has not done so and has deferred the decision to quit to a series of meetings scheduled for tomorrow and the day after. The new President and the Prime Minister met at the Presidential Secretariat and discussed “the way ahead for the government and…

    RN - Nov 19 15:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lankan journalists fear situation may worsen after polls

    Sri Lankan journalists fear situation may worsen after polls

    Forced to flee their country a decade ago to escape allegedly state-sponsored killer squads, Sri Lankan journalists living in exile doubt they’ll be able to return home soon or see justice served to their tormentors — whose alleged ringleader could come to power in this weekend’s presidential election. Exiled journalists and media rights groups are expressing…

    AP - Nov 13 17:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Media ]

  • Sri Lanka's 'Pad Man' Faces 'Terminator' In Presidential Elections

    Sri Lanka\'s \'Pad Man\' Faces \'Terminator\' In Presidential Elections

    Sri Lanka's presidential election on Saturday is turning out to be a showdown between a man offering free sanitary pads and a former soldier dubbed the "Terminator" by his own family. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, 70, a retired army lieutenant colonel, was the de facto military chief who crushed Tamil guerrillas and ended a 37-year separatist war, but Saturday's vote is his…

    AFP - Nov 13 17:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics ]

  • Sri Lanka: Next President Faces Major Rights Challenges

    Sri Lanka: Next President Faces Major Rights Challenges

    The winner of Sri Lanka’s presidential election on November 16, 2019 will face enormous challenges to deliver justice for past crimes and prevent future abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009, there has been progress on the right to free expression, but no accountability for war crimes and other abuses committed by both…

    HRW - Nov 11 17:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Sri Lanka ruling party presidential candidate asks opposition leader not to fuel communal hatred

    Sri Lanka ruling party presidential candidate asks opposition leader not to fuel communal hatred

    Sri Lanka's ruling party presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa has asked the main opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa not to fuel communal hatred over his plans for the devolution of power to the Tamil minority. His comment came after Rajapaksa accused Premadasa of diluting the unitary character of the state by his plans for power devolution.

    Times of India - Nov 09 16:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Elections ]

  • Sri Lankan Clan With Close China Ties Plots Political Comeback

    Sri Lankan Clan With Close China Ties Plots Political Comeback

    A controversial political dynasty that made Sri Lanka a centerpiece of China’s efforts to expand its influence in Asia and defeated an insurgency is aiming to reclaim power in this island nation. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who as defense secretary spearheaded the effort to crush a three-decade-long revolt during his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule from 2005 to 2015,…

    WSJ - Nov 08 15:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, China ]

  • Sri Lanka plays its India hand with airport upgrade as poll nears

    Sri Lanka plays its India hand with airport upgrade as poll nears

    Sri Lanka's former war-torn northern province has become entangled in the geopolitical power plays between China and India following the opening of the country's third international airport in Jaffna, 400 km north of Colombo. Since its inauguration on Oct. 17, Jaffna International Airport has been alleged to be just another pork barrel project to buy votes in the…

    Nikkei - Nov 08 15:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India ]

  • The End of Sri Lankan Democracy?

    The End of Sri Lankan Democracy?

    One of Asia’s oldest democracies may be in jeopardy. Sri Lanka’s presidential election next month, is expected to bring to power another member of the Rajapaksa family, whose affinity for authoritarianism, violence, and corruption is well known. While Sri Lanka’s democracy survived the last test – an attempted constitutional coup by outgoing President…

    Project Syndicate - Oct 21 13:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Human rights must be at the heart of next presidency

    Sri Lanka’s next president must put human rights at the heart of their policies, Amnesty International said today. Ahead of next month’s presidential election, the human rights organization called on candidates to prioritize key human rights issues, including commitments on transitional justice made in the aftermath of the decades-long internal conflict. …

    Amnesty International - Oct 21 12:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • ICG: 'Dangerous' actions against Muslims risk Sri Lanka peace

    ICG: \'Dangerous\' actions against Muslims risk Sri Lanka peace

    A "harsh and dangerous" crackdown on Sri Lankan Muslims following deadly bombings on Easter Sunday poses a major threat to the Indian Ocean nation's peace and security, a think-tank has warned. The assailants behind the church and hotel bombings in April were fringe actors, but politicians and Sinhalese nationalists have used the attacks to "justify actions that…

    Al Jazeera - Oct 03 13:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • Special cabinet meeting ends in a stalemate

    Special cabinet meeting ends in a stalemate

    The special cabinet meeting believed to have been centered on the abolition of the Executive President has ended in a stalemate. During today's meeting, it is reported that a majority of the ministers had cited that discussing the matter while the Presidential polls was announced is inappopriate. The special Cabinet meeting had been called for by President…

    Sunday Times - Sep 19 16:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • In Sri Lanka, a polarizing politician reaches out to minorities but suspicion lingers

    In Sri Lanka, a polarizing politician reaches out to minorities but suspicion lingers

    Sri Lanka presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been a polarizing figure for much of his political life. It is an image he is trying to change. When he was defense chief in his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government he crushed ethnic Tamil separatist rebels, bringing a 26-year-long civil war to a close. But relatives of dead or missing Tamils have accused…

    Reuters - Sep 04 10:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, History ]

  • Sri Lanka seeks extradition of ex-central bank chief from Singapore

    Sri Lanka seeks extradition of ex-central bank chief from Singapore

    Sri Lanka will ask Singapore to extradite former central bank governor Arjuna Mahendran in connection with an insider trading investigation, a Foreign Ministry official said on Tuesday. Mahendran, a Singapore national, has failed to appear before a Sri Lankan court despite being summoned over allegations of malpractice during a 30-year-bond sale in 2015 when he led…

    Reuters - Sep 04 10:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Economy ]

  • Cardinal calls on Sri Lanka govt to quit over Easter attacks

    Cardinal calls on Sri Lanka govt to quit over Easter attacks

    The head of Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic Church Sunday called for the government to resign over its alleged failure to investigate an "international conspiracy" behind the deadly Easter bombings. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said the authorities had failed to identify those behind the suicide bombings that killed at least 258 people at three churches and three luxury…

    AFP - Jul 22 18:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, SriLanka ]

  • Kalmunai north Gets fully fledged divisional secretariat

    Kalmunai north Gets fully fledged divisional secretariat

    The government has set up a fully-fledged divisional secretariat in Kalmunai north having acceded to a request by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) ahead of the vote on the no-confidence motion on Thursday, a parliamentarian said yesterday. Earlier, it functioned as a sub office of the Kalmunai Divisional Secretariat but the TNA wanted it elevated to a fully-fledged…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 12 17:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: The wartime strongman who wants to run Sri Lanka

    Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: The wartime strongman who wants to run Sri Lanka

    At a funeral for one of the victims of Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombings, a grief-stricken relative wailed and shouted: "We need Gota, We need Gota." She was referring to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the wartime defence chief who played a leading role in crushing Tamil rebels in a bloody civil war which ended 10 years ago. Sri Lanka's minority Tamils loathe Mr Rajapaksa…

    BBC - Jun 30 21:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka hires first two hangmen in 43 years

    Sri Lanka hires first two hangmen in 43 years

    Sri Lanka has recruited two hangmen as it prepares to carry out four executions - the first in 43 years. It follows the president's announcement that four prisoners convicted of drug offences are to face the death penalty. The hanging will end a moratorium on capital punishment that has been in place since 1976.

    BBC - Jun 30 21:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

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  • Sri Lanka attacks: India arrests man 'linked to Easter Sunday bomber'

    Sri Lanka attacks: India arrests man \'linked to Easter Sunday bomber\'

    Indian anti-terrorism investigators have arrested a man with alleged links to the suicide bomber who planned Sri Lanka's deadly Easter Sunday attacks. Investigators said Mohammad Azharuddin, 32, was friends on Facebook with Zahran Hashim, the alleged ringleader of the attacks, claimed by Islamic State (IS). The arrest followed raids on a suspected IS militant…

    BBC - Jun 14 13:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • Legality of Sri Lanka’s agreements with foreign countries

    Legality of Sri Lanka’s agreements with foreign countries

    While commending the Opposition for the initiative taken to propose that Parliament should be involved in the review and approval of agreements with foreign States and their nationals, there is an urgent need to institutionalize the procedures and practices that should be adopted in respect of treaties and agreements with foreign States and their nationals, if the…

    Asia News - Jun 12 13:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

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