Rajapaksa comeback bid checked by Sri Lanka bribery probe

Sri Lanka is investigating a Chinese firm on suspicion of offering a bribe to Mahinda Rajapaksa`s failed presidential re-election campaign, a source close to the investigation said, weeks before he seeks to pull off a comeback in a general election.

Probe against Rajapaksa regime to continue

 The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday said it is going to continue its investigation against the former government over alleged fraud and corruption.

Prabhakaran's kin to contest against Rajapaksa in Lanka polls

 A relative of slain LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran has entered the fray for Sri Lanka's parliamentary election to be held in August 17 to challenge former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka's defeated Rajapaksa to contest August 17 poll

Sri Lanka`s war-time president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has signed nomination papers to fight an Aug 17 election as part of a coalition led by President Maithripala Sirisena, Rajapaksa`s spokesman said on Friday.

Former Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa files nomination for polls

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday filed nomination papers to contest the August 17 parliamentary elections.

Sri Lanka polls timed ahead of UN war crimes report to foil Rajapaksa comeback

Sri Lanka`s August elections have been timed to stop a comeback by war-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who remarkably may see his popularity rise in coming months if criticised for war crimes in a UN report, said government sources.

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.