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Sri Lanka goes to polls, stern test for Sirisena government

Sri Lanka's ruling coalition faces its first polls test today with over 15 million eligible voters participating in the election to appoint 340 of the island's 341 local councils, according to officials.

Feb 10, 2018, 09:40 AM IST

New government must tread cautiously: Sri Lankan daily

The electorate has not given the winner a majority as they "realised that majorities make politicians lose their heads and get intoxicated with power", said a Sri Lankan daily which cautioned the new government to "tread cautiously".

Aug 19, 2015, 12:04 PM IST

Ex-strongman Mahinda ​Rajapakse plans comeback as Sri Lanka votes

 Sri Lanka began voting on Monday in a General Election in which former leader Mahinda Rajapakse is hoping to pull off a shock comeback, this time as prime minister, months after being toppled as president.

Aug 17, 2015, 02:54 AM IST

Sri Lanka`s Rajapakse issues challenge to President

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse openly challenged his successor Friday, demanding he respect the "will of the people", after the country`s new leader vetoed his ambitions to become prime minister.

Aug 14, 2015, 21:07 PM IST

Mahinda Rajapaksa ran a family centred dictatorship: Kumaratunga

Mahinda Rajapaksa's plans to stage a political comeback suffered a setback on Wednesday when Sri Lanka's former president Chandrika Kumaratunga alleged that he ran "a family centred dictatorship" during his rule and appealed to voters to preserve the gains made in the January 8 polls.

Aug 05, 2015, 21:35 PM IST

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.

Jul 01, 2015, 12:55 PM IST

President, PM congratulate Sri Lanka's new President

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday congratulated Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena and expressed the hope that bilateral ties between the two neighbours would be strengthened.

Jan 09, 2015, 20:38 PM IST

Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka`s strongman battling for survival

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa appeared unstoppable after overseeing a crushing defeat of Tamil guerrillas, but charges of corruption, nepotism and war crimes have dogged his second term in office.

Jan 08, 2015, 10:38 AM IST

Sri Lanka votes in tightest election in decades

Sri Lanka went to the polls Thursday in its tightest election in decades, with its strongman president battling for survival after accusations of corruption and a failure to bring about national reconciliation.

Jan 08, 2015, 09:55 AM IST

Sri Lanka election: Key facts about tear-shaped island

Sri Lanka goes to the polls Thursday to elect a new president after a bitterly fought contest between incumbent Mahinda Rajapakse and his main rival Maithripala Sirisena.

Jan 06, 2015, 07:59 AM IST

Key minority parties delay announcing support in Lanka poll

 Sri Lanka's two key political parties representing the minority Muslims and Tamils have delayed announcing their support for any of the two candidates in the upcoming presidential poll early next month.

Dec 22, 2014, 13:44 PM IST

Sri Lankan President cleared to call snap polls

Sri Lanka`s President cleared a final hurdle to seeking re-election on Wednesday when he completed the mandatory four years of his second term, opening the way for snap polls expected in January.

Nov 19, 2014, 16:02 PM IST

Sri Lankans told not to vote for Tamil group: NYT

Men wearing army uniforms and carrying guns are visiting houses in Sri Lanka`s Tamil-majority Northern Province to tell people not to vote for a Tamil alliance, the New York Times reported.

Sep 21, 2013, 13:59 PM IST

Indian ballot boxes for Sri Lanka polls

Transparent ballot boxes imported from India are being used for the first time in elections to three provincial councils in Sri Lanka.

Sep 21, 2013, 12:27 PM IST

Voting underway in Sri Lanka`s mid-term test

Voters are set to elect 420 members from among 6,488 candidates, with results are due by tomorrow.

Oct 08, 2011, 12:55 PM IST

Fonseka plans to seek Australian asylum after defeat

Former Sri Lankan Army chief Sarath Fonseka is considering seeking temporary asylum in Australia after his election defeat this week in Presidential Election, a media report said on Friday.

Jan 29, 2010, 12:56 PM IST

‘Fonseka exposed brutality of Rajapaksa govt’

Sri Lankans voted on Tuesday in what is believed to be the most closely contested Presidential Elections.

Jan 27, 2010, 10:00 AM IST

‘Fonseka exposed brutality of Rajapaksa govt’

Sri Lankans voted on Tuesday in what is believed to be the most closely contested Presidential Elections.

Jan 27, 2010, 10:00 AM IST

Sri Lanka: It’s Rajapaksa vs Fonseka

They were accredited for ending Sri Lanka`s 26-year long and brutal civil war against the Tamil Tigers.

Jan 25, 2010, 16:31 PM IST

Sri Lanka: It’s Rajapaksa vs Fonseka

They were accredited for ending Sri Lanka`s 26-year long and brutal civil war against the Tamil Tigers.

Jan 25, 2010, 16:31 PM IST