Sri Lankan police arrest ruling party MPs for violence

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s police have arrested two lawmakers from the ruling party for allegedly inciting mob violence that plunged the country into days of unrest and killed nine people last week, officials said Wednesday. The members of parliament, both from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s party, were questioned by detectives on Tuesday evening and detained overnight, a … Read more

Lanka’s ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa appears in parliament for the first time since his resignation as prime minister

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa appeared in parliament on Wednesday for the first time since he was forced to resign as prime minister and take shelter in a high-security naval camp amid violent protests against the economic crisis largely blamed on the Rajapaksa . Mahinda Rajapaksa, 76, who was the country’s three-time prime … Read more

Sri Lanka parliament blocks action to convict president

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s parliament voted on Tuesday against accelerating an opposition move to convict President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the prime minister warned the country was in a precarious economic situation and until the last day of gas supplies. Lawmakers voted 119 to 68 against speeding up the largely token vote by parliament, which flared up … Read more

parliament: Sri Lanka’s cabinet convenes crucial parliament session

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s parliament met on Tuesday for a pivotal session, the first after the appointment of new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, as the country seeks major constitutional reforms amid its worst economic crisis. Parliament’s session began with mourning for the assassination of ruling Sri Lankan Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) lawmaker Amarakeerthi Athukorala, who was murdered … Read more

Sri Lanka’s new prime minister supports protesters demanding President Rajapaksa’s resignation

COLOMBO: In an unusual move, Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has given public support to protesters, who have camped here for over a month on a popular beach and demand the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for mistreating the worst the country’s economic crisis. The prime minister said on Saturday that he had … Read more

Sri Lanka protesters push anti-government campaign despite new prime minister

Sri Lanka’s main opposition party joined anti-government protesters on Friday by rejecting the appointment of a new prime minister and urging the president to step down to take responsibility for the country’s catastrophic economic crisis. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa late Thursday appointed five-time Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to his sixth term, but opposition comments indicated that … Read more

Sri Lanka relaxes curfew as new prime minister wants to form cabinet

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka lifted a nationwide 12 noon curfew on Saturday, further easing strict restrictions as new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tried to form a government after clashes with anti-government groups killed nine people. More than a month of mostly peaceful anti-government protests turned violent this week after supporters of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa … Read more

Sri Lanka’s new prime minister struggles to form unity government

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s new prime minister struggled Friday to forge a unity government and avoid an impending economic collapse as opposition lawmakers refused to join his cabinet and demanded new elections. Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in late Thursday to see his country through the worst downturn in its history as an independent nation, with months … Read more

Sri Lanka crisis: opposition divided over face of new prime minister

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s main opposition SJB is divided over the choice of the next prime minister, as leader Sajith Premadasa is unwilling to become prime minister in the interim government under embattled president Gotabaya Rajapaksa. In an overnight televised address to the nation, the president refused to step down on Wednesday but pledged this week … Read more

Sri Lanka: Protesters in Sri Lanka call for new government a day after eight people were killed in clashes

COLOMBO: Protesters and a major trade group in Sri Lanka on Tuesday called for a new government to take control of the crisis-stricken country, as the president called for calm after clashes that claimed eight lives and prompted his brother to quit as prime minister. Sri Lanka has endured the worst economic crisis in history, … Read more