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President Mahinda Rajapaksa names younger brother for Lanka presidency

Brother of former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya, 70, headed Rajapaksa's military campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) between 2006 and 2009.

Mahinda Rajapaksa may lead proposed political alliance in Sri Lanka

The opposition led by Rajapaksa's new political outfit -- the Sri Lanka People's Party (SLPP) -- has announced that they would form the broadest political alliance. It also demanded a fresh poll in the country.


Sri Lanka Tamil leader questions Rajapaksa's statues as Opposition leader

The Tamil National Alliance's objection came even as Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has already announced Rajapaksa as Opposition leader.

Sri Lanka court dismisses plea to check Sirisena's mental health

On October 26, President Sirisena, 67, sacked Wickeremesinghe as Prime Minister and replaced him with ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, triggering the never-seen-before political and constitutional impasse which lasted for over two months.

Sri Lanka: 2018 will be remembered for worst political crisis in history

President Maithripala Sirisena's dramatic move to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and install former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place following differences over policy issues left the country without a functioning government for nearly two months.

Two opposition leaders in Sri Lanka's Parliament, says Tamil leader

Speaker Jayasuriya Tuesday announced 73-year-old Rajapaksa's appointment as Sri Lanka's main opposition leader in Parliament, days after he resigned as prime minister after clinging on to power for nearly two months.


Mahinda Rajapaksa now becomes Sri Lanka's main opposition leader

His appointment was announced by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in Parliament which met for the first time after the reinstatement of Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister that ended the 51-day political standoff in the country.

Resolution of Lankan crisis a reflection of political maturity: India

"India remains committed to taking forward its people-oriented development projects in Sri Lanka. We are confident that India-Sri Lanka relations will continue to move on an upward trajectory," the MEA said.

Mahinda Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka's premier to end crisis

The country runs the risk of being unable to use state funds from Jan. 1 if there is no government to approve the budget. It also has a foreign debt repayment of $1 billion due in early January and it is unclear if it can be serviced without a lawful finance minister.

Sri Lankan court bars Rajapaksa from acting as Prime Minister

A lawyer present at the hearing said that the court was of the opinion that "irreparable damage" could be caused if persons not entitled to do so sit as prime minister and cabinet ministers.

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Top Frames: Vladimir Putin's sea adventure, Rajapaksa's election loss

Vladimir Putin submerging into the waters of the Black Sea; Ranil Wickremesinghe to be sworn in as Sri Lanka's new prime minister in Colombo.

Sri Lanka election result: Mahinda Rajapaksa loses polls

Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat to oppostion candidate Maithripala Sirisena in the Sri Lanka presidential elections.


Nawaz Sharif, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Hamid Karzai in India for Narendra Modi's swearing-in

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai arrived in India for the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi.

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Why there is a political storm in Sri Lanka

Over one weekend, there was a sudden change in the leadership in Sri Lanka. Here's what happened and how.