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Sirisena is not the answer

Sri Lanka may get a stable government, but it will not be the promised new country.

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Colombo beginnings

Sirisena-Wickremesinghe 2.0 must build on their project of good governance with reconciliation.

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Sri Lanka polls: Wickremesinghe to return as PM, Rajapaksa concedes defeat

Wickremasinghe was set to take oath in a simple ceremony at the Presidential Secretariat while the cabinet of national government was to be appointed later.

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Sri Lanka headed for a hung parliament, Wickremesinghe’s party leading in 11 districts

Initial results from the August 17 parliamentary elections show the Wickremesinghe’s United National Front for Good Governance leading in 11 of Sri Lanka’s 22 districts.

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Lanka elections: Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat in parliamentary elections

Rajapaksa said that his UPFA has won eight districts and Wickremesinghe’s UNP has 11 out of a total of 22.

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Sri Lanka votes as former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa eyes comeback

President Sirisena has vowed not to make Rajapaksa premier even if his United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) wins a majority.

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Sri Lanka polls: Sirisena, Rajapaksa, and the ‘unfinished business of January’

There is a fair possibility that the UNP and Wickremesinghe-led United National Front for Good Governance will win more seats than the UPFA.

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A defining moment for Colombo

Could the outcome of parliamentary polls end Sri Lanka’s honeymoon with democracy?

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Looking at Lanka: Rajapaksa hears ‘cry of people’, is 100% confident of party’s victory

If elected, Rajapaksa said, he would invite India to “join China” and finish projects in Sri Lanka.

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Memory and forgetting

Sri Lanka poll outcome will hinge on whether or not voters remember why they ousted Rajapaksa as president in January.

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Mahinda Rajapaksa denies giving money to LTTE

The former Sri Lankan President said that the ruling coalition leaders have been trying to “mislead voters” ahead of the parliament elections next month.

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His hat in the ring

Rajapaksa’s comeback bid could unsettle possibilities of ethnic reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

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Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa to stand for Prime Minister in August 17 polls

Rajapaksa did not specify the party under which he would contest, but his supporters said that he would form a new coalition if Maithripala Sirisena does not relent.

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Tree-some: A day in the life of Antar Singh

It is a little tedious at the top for four men guarding the sacred Bodhi tree on a hillock near Sanchi — but for music and meals.

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As Modi visits Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa blames India for his election defeat

“Both the US and India openly used their embassies to bring me down,” Rajapaksa said ahead of Modi’s visit to the country.