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Ranil Wickremesinghe to return as Sri Lanka PM in an embarrassment for President Maithripala Sirisena

Parliament has already passed a confidence vote in Wickremesinghe while it sought his reinstatement as prime minister to defuse a constitutional crisis.

Dec 16, 2018, 10:24 AM IST

Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as Sri Lanka's PM, Wickremesinghe to be reinstated

Rajapaksa resigned after two crucial Supreme Court decisions made the embattled former strongman's efforts to cling to premiership untenable.

Dec 15, 2018, 13:39 PM IST

Sri Lanka crisis: Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign from premiership on Saturday, says son

Rajapaksa was appointed as the premier on October 26 by President Maithripala Sirisena after sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe, plunging the nation into a constitutional crisis. 

Dec 14, 2018, 19:57 PM IST

Sri Lanka's top court rules parliament dissolution as illegal

Sirisena had dissolved parliament on November 9 and called a general election for January 5 days after sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and naming opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post.

Dec 13, 2018, 17:58 PM IST

President Maithripala Sirisena's all-party crisis talks fail to end political stalemate in Sri Lanka

The crisis erupted when President Sirisena suddenly announced on October 26 that he had sacked prime minister Wickremesinghe and installed ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place.

Nov 18, 2018, 20:52 PM IST

In huge blow to President Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka Parliament votes against Mahinda Rajapaksa government

The Mahinda Rajapaksa govt has lost majority in Sri Lankan Parliament.

Nov 14, 2018, 11:06 AM IST

Sri Lanka's SC overturns dissolution of parliament by President Sirisena

Sirisena dissolved Parliament and ordered snap election on January 5, plunging the country's into an unprecedented political and constitutional crises.

Nov 13, 2018, 18:46 PM IST

Sri Lanka president dissolves parliament amidst political crisis

Sirisena signed an official notification dismissing the 225-member assembly well ahead of its August 2020 term expiry, state television reported.

Nov 09, 2018, 22:38 PM IST

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena lifts suspension of Parliament

President Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in a dramatic turn of events last Friday.

Nov 01, 2018, 11:36 AM IST

Sri Lanka needs to follow necessary constitutional process to determine its leadership: US

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in a dramatic turn of events last Friday.

Nov 01, 2018, 10:01 AM IST

India cautious after appointment of pro-China PM Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka

The tear-shaped island nation has become an arena of tussle between New Delhi and Beijing.

Oct 30, 2018, 09:49 AM IST

Guard opens fire, killing 1 in Sri Lanka at sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe office

At least one person died and two others were injured after the security guard opened fired at the crowd.

Oct 28, 2018, 22:28 PM IST

Became PM to get Sri Lanka rid of politics of hate: Mahinda Rajapaksa

Newly appointed Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday issued a statement stating that the UNP-UPFA government came to an end as the result of the UPFA leaving the coalition. 

Oct 28, 2018, 20:19 PM IST

Three injured as Sri Lankan minister's guard opens fire, arrested

Amid the political crisis in Sri Lanka, three people were injured in Colombo after a security guard of parliamentarian Arjuna Ranatunga opened fire at a crowd.

Oct 28, 2018, 18:08 PM IST

India monitoring situation; will continue to provide developmental aid: MEA on Sri Lanka crisis

Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on Friday night replacing him with his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa triggering a constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka.

Oct 28, 2018, 12:17 PM IST

Ousted Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe's security withdrawn by president Sirisena

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday withdrew the security of deposed prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who still claims to be the constitutionally-appointed premier despite being replaced by controversial strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Oct 27, 2018, 23:33 PM IST

Turmoil in Sri Lanka as ex-president Rajapaksa sworn in as PM

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was on Friday sworn-in as the Prime Minister before the current President Maithripala Sisisena, Sri Lankan media reports. 

Oct 26, 2018, 20:30 PM IST

Fight against LTTE not 'ethnic war', military action not targeted at Tamils: Mahinda Rajapaksa

Rajapaksa said India's "abiding friendship" was amply demonstrated by its rapid response to Sri Lanka's needs at the time, both material and moral.

Sep 13, 2018, 06:10 AM IST

Sri Lanka's ex-leader Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks fresh elections after council vote boost

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on Monday for parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections to be held after a party backed by him won local council polls in the strongest rebuff yet to the unity government.

Feb 12, 2018, 16:46 PM IST

Rajapaksa's party expected to win Sri Lanka local government polls

Former Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa led SLPP is expected to win the local government elections based on the results so far.

Feb 11, 2018, 12:53 PM IST