President Sirisena’s centre-left Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s centre-right United National Party were routed by a political party backed by former President Rajapaksa at the local polls – plunging the government into political crisis.
This is an attempt to keep protests from the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed constitutional changes at bay.
Over 30 recorded incidents of violence and hate speech against Muslims, who constitute 9% of the country’s population, have taken place since April.
Ceylon Petroleum Corporation workers oppose role for India in development of strategic port assets.
Sri Lanka and India are expected to sign an agreement to jointly operate an oil storage facility at the strategic eastern port town of Trincomalee.
A part of the agenda for his visit will be to finalise the memorandum of understanding, which will be like a umbrella deal for a number of major infrastructure projects.
Colombo’s plans to acquire land for the industrial zone have run into stiff domestic opposition, backed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe resigned on Monday after President Maithripala Sirisena implied her agency was favouring the rival party of his prime minister.
Wickremesinghe indicated that discussions on SAARC’s future featured prominently in his talks with Modi.
Washington could make it clear that increased military cooperation is off the table indefinitely and that bilateral ties are directly related to progress pertaining to the UN Human Rights Council resolution.
New Delhi’s policy of hustling its smaller neighbour comes at a time when the Wickremesinghe government’s mismanagement of the economy is apparent and will end up helping the xenophobic political forces in the country.
Ranil Wickremesinghe will try to negotiate a $125 million penalty that a Chinese state firm is seeking from Sri Lanka for suspending work on a big port development project.
For the second time in eight months, Sri Lankan voters have thwarted former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s quest for power. And that clearly is the biggest story of the just concluded parliamentary elections. The United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG), contesting under the banner of the United National […]
As per the final tally, the Ranil Wickremesinghe-led United National Party (UNP) secured 93 seats, ten more than the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) which Rajapaksa is part of.
The final tally of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections is expected to emerge Tuesday evening, but neither of the main parties has secured a simple majority in the 225-member parliament.
Rajapaksa forced himself into the UPFA reckoning to contest the parliamentary poll, an action unprecedented for a former president of the country.