Sirisena allows Rajapaksa to run for Lankan Parliament

In a surprise decision, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has allowed archrival Mahinda Rajapaksa - eyeing the Prime Minister's post to stage a political comeback - to contest the August General Elections, the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance said on Friday.

Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa to stand for Prime Minister in Aug 17 polls
Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa to stand for Prime Minister in Aug 17 polls

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa said he would run for prime minister during next month`s parliamentary elections, a move that is likely to infuriate rights groups as he is accused of war crimes in a civil war.

Sirisena refuses consent to Rajapaksa's PM candidature

 Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday refused to give consent to his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa's candidature for the Prime Ministerial post from the main opposition party, saying the premier will be chosen post election.

Rajapaksa plans to return to politics as PM: Top aide
Rajapaksa plans to return to politics as PM: Top aide

Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa plans to return to mainstream politics as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the main opposition party, his close associate Kumar Welgama said today.

Sri Lankan President dissolves parliament, paves way for fresh elections
Sri Lankan President dissolves parliament, paves way for fresh elections

 Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday dissolved the parliament, paving the way for fresh parliamentary elections in mid August, eight months ahead of the schedule.

Lankan court rejects Fonseka bid to regain parliamentary seat

 A Sri Lankan court has rejected former army chief Sarath Fonseka's petition seeking his reinstatement as a member of parliament.

Sri Lanka opposition vows 'non-cooperation'

Sri Lanka's Opposition, backing ex- president Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Thursday vowed "non-cooperation" with the government as their attempt to bring no-confidence motions against the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister in the parliament was disallowed.

Lanka opposition demands Wickremesinghe resignation

 Sri Lanka's opposition faction led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday demanded sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, saying the electoral reforms can go ahead only under a majority government.

Sri Lanka disappearances panel to submit final report in August

A Sri Lankan presidential panel probing the alleged disappearances of thousands of people, including minority Tamils, during the deadly civil war will present its final report in August, an official said on Saturday.

Sirisena may attend human rights session

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena wishes to attend the upcoming UN Human Rights Council sessions in September when a crucial report on the island nation is expected to be submitted.

Sri Lanka police investigate ex-leader Rajapakse`s wife

Sri Lanka`s police said Monday they questioned ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse`s wife, as the new government escalated anti-corruption investigations against the former first family accused of siphoning billions of dollars from public funds.

Rajapaksa's wife questioned by Lankan police over graft

 Sri Lanka's former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa was today grilled by police over alleged corruption in an NGO which she ran during her husband Mahinda Rajapaksa's presidency, the latest in a series of questioning of his family members.

Rajapaksa fears LTTE revival in Sri Lanka

 Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is mounting a political comeback, has expressed fears that the separatist Tamil Tigers could regroup and revive terrorism in the country.

Sri Lanka's domestic war crimes probe to get underway next month

 Sri Lanka will begin next month its domestic probe into the alleged human rights violations during the final stages of decades-long war with the LTTE to meet the UN deadline, President Maithripala Sirisena said today.

Sri Lankan president, Rajapaksa hold key talks

 Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa held key talks on Wednesday which was seen as an attempt to bridge a division which has emerged within the same party which both politicians belong to.

John Kerry praises Sri Lankan govt progress in peace process
John Kerry praises Sri Lankan govt progress in peace process

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday praised the "openness" of the new Sri Lankan government in its efforts to boost democracy, human rights and ensure reconciliation with the country's minority Tamils.

Sri Lanka: 19A only half way measure to abolish executive presidency

A key amendment adopted by the Sri Lankan Parliament last week is only a halfway measure towards abolishing executive presidency as only 60 to 65 percent of powers of the top post have been reduced, according to an architect of the legislation.

Sri Lankan Parliament votes to curb President's powers

 The Sri Lankan parliament has reportedly voted to curb the powers of the president and reinstate a two-term limit for incumbents.

Rajapaksa fears prosecution of entire family by new Lanka govt

 Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday expressed fears that the new government led by his successor Maithripala Sirisena might end up prosecuting his entire family, a day after his two younger brothers faced questioning by anti-graft investigators.

Sri Lanka ex-leader`s brother remanded over fraud

A Sri Lankan magistrate remanded the youngest brother of former president Mahinda Rajapakse Wednesday for "misappropriating" public funds, hours after the ex-leader accused his successor of a witch-hunt.