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EXCLUSIVE Rights group seeks arrest of former Sri Lanka president Rajapaksa in Singapore

COLOMBO, July 24 – A rights group documenting alleged abuses in Sri Lanka has filed a criminal complaint with Singapore’s attorney general, seeking the arrest of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for his role in the South Asian nation’s decades-long civil war. The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) […]

Sri Lanka acting president declares emergency amid protests

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s acting president on Monday declared a state of emergency giving him broad authority amid growing protests demanding his resignation two days before the country’s lawmakers are set to elect a new president. Ranil Wickremesinghe became acting president on Friday after his predecessor, […]

Sri Lanka’s ousted president says he ‘took all possible steps’ to prevent crisis

Summary Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned as president after uprising His resignation letter is read out in parliament Rajapaksa says he did all he could to avert crisis COLOMBO, July 16 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s ousted president, who fled overseas this week to escape a popular uprising against his government, […]

Protesters abandon seized buildings with Sri Lanka in limbo

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan protesters retreated from government buildings they seized and military troops reinforced security at the Parliament on Thursday, establishing a tenuous calm in a country in both economic meltdown and political limbo. Embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled a day earlier under pressure from demonstrators furious over […]

Sri Lanka in crisis: President flees and ire turns to PM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s president fled the country Wednesday, plunging a nation already reeling from economic chaos into more political turmoil. Protesters demanding a change in leadership then trained their ire on the prime minister and stormed his office. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his wife left aboard […]

Explainer: How Sri Lanka spiralled into crisis

COLOMBO, July 10 – Sri Lanka’s economic crisis looks to have finally toppled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa has not commented directly but he plans to step down on July 13, the country’s parliamentary speaker said on Saturday, bowing to intense pressure after a violent day of protests in […]

Sri Lanka protesters vow will not let up until president, PM quit

COLOMBO, July 10 – Leaders of Sri Lanka’s protest movement said on Sunday they would occupy the residences of the president and prime minister until they finally quit office, the day after the two men agreed to resign leaving the country in political limbo. Thousands of protesters stormed […]

Sri Lanka Parliament speaker: President to resign Wednesday

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The speaker of Sri Lanka’s Parliament says President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has agreed to resign as of Wednesday. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said in a televised statement Saturday that he informed Rajapaksa of a decision taken at a meeting of Parliamentary party leaders requesting he leave […]

Sri Lanka left with fuel stocks for around five days, minister says

COLOMBO, June 16 – Sri Lanka’s fuel stocks will last for about five more days, its power and energy minister said on Thursday, as the island nation awaits official confirmation from the Indian government for a new $500 million credit line for fuel. The country of 22 million […]

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