Author Archives: BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI

AP Interview: Sri Lankan president says country now safe

Sri Lanka’s president says “99%” of the suspects in Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels have been arrested and their explosive materials seized. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka court frees Indian cleared in assassination plot

A magistrate on Wednesday acquitted an Indian man who was detained for five months over an alleged plot to kill Sri Lanka’s president after police cleared the man of wrongdoing. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka passes stopgap, plans full budget vote in February

Sri Lanka’s finance ministry said Monday that it will present next year’s full budget in February after the parliament approved a 1.77-trillion-rupee ($9.39 billion) stopgap measure to cover public expenditures over the first four months of 2019, avert… Continue reading

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Sri Lankan lawmakers bar disputed PM from using state funds

Sri Lankan lawmakers on Thursday approved a motion barring disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from using state funds after he lost two no-confidence votes, in an escalation of the country’s political crisis. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka lawmakers linked to disputed PM boycott Parliament

Sri Lankan lawmakers supporting disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa boycotted Parliament for a second day Tuesday, accusing the speaker of bias during a political crisis that has engulfed the island nation for nearly a month. Continue reading

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Sri Lankan president: PM-related investigations to continue

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday assured non-interference in ongoing investigations into abductions, killings of journalists and other crimes allegedly committed by those connected to the new prime minister and his Cabinet. Continue reading

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Opponents of Rajapaksa win control of panel in Parliament

Lawmakers opposed to disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa won control of a key committee setting Parliament’s agenda during a crucial vote on Friday that dealt a severe blow to his government. Continue reading

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Sri Lankan lawmakers propose cutting expenses of disputed PM

Sri Lankan lawmakers submitted a motion Monday to suspend the expenses of disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has lost two no-confidence motions in Parliament amid an ongoing political crisis. Continue reading

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Sri Lankan leaders’ crucial talks fail to solve crisis

A crucial meeting among Sri Lanka’s political party leaders on Sunday failed to reach a breakthrough to resolve the political turmoil that has engulfed the island nation for several weeks, opposition lawmakers say. Continue reading

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After brawl, pandemonium halts Sri Lanka’s Parliament

Pandemonium reigned in Sri Lanka’s Parliament as lawmakers supporting disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa violently demonstrated in the house to prevent the proceedings from taking place on Friday, a day after a fierce brawl between rival legisla… Continue reading

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Sri Lankan lawmakers fight in Parliament over PM dispute

Rival lawmakers exchanged blows in Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Thursday as disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed the speaker had no authority to remove him from office by voice vote. Continue reading

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Chaotic Sri Lankan Parliament rejects president’s chosen PM

Sri Lanka’s Parliament passed a no-confidence vote against the government headed by the hastily sworn-in Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as lawmakers convened Wednesday for the first time since the president dismissed his Cabinet and suspended the leg… Continue reading

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Sri Lankan top court suspends decree dissolving Parliament

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the president’s order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections, opening the way for lawmakers to vote on whether to accept his earlier ouster of the prime minister. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka president dissolves Parliament, calls for election

Sri Lanka’s president dissolved Parliament and called for elections on Jan. 5 in a bid to stave off a deepening political crisis over his dismissal of the prime minister that opponents say is unconstitutional. Continue reading

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Deputy minister resigns as Sri Lanka political crisis grows

A deputy minister resigned Tuesday from Sri Lanka’s government after the appointment of a former strongman as prime minister plunged the country into a political crisis. Continue reading

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Ethnic Tamil party pledges vote against Sri Lankan strongman

An ethnic minority Tamil party in Sri Lanka said Saturday that it will support a no-confidence motion to be brought against the country’s former strongman whose controversial appointment as prime minister has plunged the country into a political crisis. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka president summons Parliament after PM turmoil

Sri Lanka’s president has summoned Parliament to meet next week as pressure grows for him to resolve the turmoil set off when he sacked the Cabinet last week, his chosen prime minister said Thursday. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka official warns of violence from political crisis

The speaker of Sri Lanka’s parliament warned Monday of a possible bloodbath if Parliament is not summoned immediately to resolve a deepening political crisis following the president’s sacking of the prime minister. Continue reading

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Events in Sri Lankan politics leading up to current crisis

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved his Cabinet, replacing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa and plunging the South Asia island nation into a constitutional crisis. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka president: PM was sacked over assassination plot

Sri Lanka’s president said Sunday that the main reason he decided to sack his prime minister was the alleged involvement of a Cabinet minister in a plot to assassinate him. Continue reading

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