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Tag: Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president
Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president

Wickremesinghe, who took over as the Acting President after his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapksa fled the country and resigned last week, is the first Sri Lankan president to be elected by Parliament following a vote.

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Sri Lankan Speaker officially announces resignation of Gotabaya

The Parliament would be summoned on Saturday (July 16) to take nominations for the next President and then to have an election among 225 MPs.

Prez Rajapaksa sent resignation letter to Parliament Speaker through email: Reports
Prez Rajapaksa sent resignation letter to Parliament Speaker through email: Reports

On Saturday, Rajapaksa had announced to step down on July 13 after thousands of protesters stormed his official residence, blaming him for the unprecedented economic crisis that has brought the country to its knees.

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves for Singapore

President Rajapaksa is accompanied by his wife and two security officials who flew with him from Colombo on a Saudi Airlines plane.

Sri Lanka warns public not to use cryptocurrencies amid economic upheaval
Sri Lanka warns public not to use cryptocurrencies amid economic upheaval

The bank, CBSL, said in a notice that the public is "warned of the possible exposure to significant financial, operational, legal and security related risks as well as customer protection concerns posed to the users by investments in Virtual Currencies (VCs)".

Lanka state-owned TV goes off air as protesters storm building
Lanka state-owned TV goes off air as protesters storm building

The protesters had been provided some 15 minutes to convey their side of the story to the viewers, after which the channel suspended transmission.

President Rajapaksa will resign today as promised, says Speaker
President Rajapaksa will resign today as promised, says Speaker

He said the vote for the new president will take place on July 20 and urged citizens to remain calm.

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Sri Lankan Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa signs resignation letter

The resignation letter of the President was signed and handed over to a senior government official who will hand it over to the Parliament Speaker.

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Sri Lanka crisis: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to appoint new PM, cabinet this week

A couple of days after Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as Sri Lankan Prime Minister, his brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday said he will appoint a new Prime Minister and cabinet this week.

Sri Lanka imposes nationwide curfew; deploys army in Colombo after clash
Sri Lanka imposes nationwide curfew; deploys army in Colombo after clash

Meanwhile, President Gotabaya and Prime Minister Mahinda have appealed to the people to exercise restraint and remember that violence only begets violence, saying the economic crisis needs an economic solution which his government is committed to resolving.

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declares state of emergency; PM Mahinda Rajapaksa refuses to quit

Rajapaksa had declared emergency on April 1 also after a mass protest opposite his private residence. He had revoked it on April 5.

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SL Opposition submits impeachment, no-faith motion to oust govt and Prez

Sajith Premadasa Opposition leader and leader of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya or United People's Force handed over two motions to the Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena who is to announce their future cause in Parliament on Wednesday.

Beleaguered Sri Lanka Prez admits mistakes, apologises to people
Beleaguered Sri Lanka Prez admits mistakes, apologises to people

Rajapaksa also justified the public anger over the unbearable cost of living, but refused to give up his post despite mounting public pressure around the country with massive protests demanding him to step down.

Sri Lankans Mount Worldwide Protests Amid Social, Economic And Political Meltdown
Sri Lankans Mount Worldwide Protests Amid Social, Economic And Political Meltdown

People have been facing hardships since last year when the prices of fuel began to go up, scheduled power cuts were announced by the government and the prices of good began inching up.

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SL Prez Revokes Emergency Law With The Doubt Of Defeat In Parliament

Soon after the government lost the majority power on Tuesday, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the main Tamil party representing Tamils from the North and East of the island nation, questioned continuity of Emergency regulation.

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Sri Lankan Ruling Party Loses Majority In Parliament

At the 2019 Presidential election, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was elected President with a sweeping 2/3 majority with over 6.9 million votes.

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Lankan Economic Crisis: Rajapaksa's Grip On Power Weakens As Dissidents Plan To Ditch Govt

The dissidents, led by former president Sirisena's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), would leave the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) coalition with its 14 Members of Parliament, party sources said after their meeting with the President on Monday.

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4 Ministers Sworn Into New Sri Lankan Cabinet

More ministers will be sworn into the cabinet in the coming days if the opposition parties agree to form a united government, government officials said.

Amidst Public Protest To Resign, SL President, PM Hold Crucial Meeting
Amidst Public Protest To Resign, SL President, PM Hold Crucial Meeting

The two brothers on Sunday met several political allies who demanded the removal of their younger brother and Finance Minister Basil Rajapasa who is blamed for current economic crisis.

Amid Violent Protests, SL President Urged To Dissolve Cabinet, Form Interim Govt
Amid Violent Protests, SL President Urged To Dissolve Cabinet, Form Interim Govt

A curfew imposed in several areas of Colombo due to a protest outside Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's house was lifted on Friday, the police said.

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Sri Lanka seeks USD 1.1 bn currency swap facility from India amidst depleting forex reserves

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested India to provide a special USD 1.1 billion currency swap facility to boost the country’s draining foreign exchange reserves in view of the economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rajapaksa’s office said that the new request is in addition to the USD 400 million amount Sri […]

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Sri Lanka Won't Do Anything That Will Harm India's Interests: Prez Rajapaksa

Colombo: Sri Lanka will work with India and it won’t do anything that will harm its interests, newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said ahead of his visit to New Delhi later this week. Rajapaksa, who is considered pro-China, said he wanted Sri Lanka to be a “neutral country” and work with all the countries. […]

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Speculation Over Muralitharan Becoming Lanka Governor

Colombo: Muttiah Muralitharan, the famous Sri Lanka off-spinner of yesteryear, is tipped as a governor of Northern Province following the presidential elections that gave a clear majority to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defence minister of the island nation who in his term defeated Tamil militants headed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, media reports […]

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa Sworn In As Sri Lankan President

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s controversial wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as the country’s President at the Ruwanweli Seya precincts in the ancient north-central town of Anuradhapura on Monday. The newly-elected president worshipped at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred fig tree in the Mahamewna Gardens and Ruwanweli Seya, a stupa and a […]

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa Claims Victory In Sri Lanka Prez Polls

Colombo: Former Defence Minister and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s (SLPP) candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Sunday claimed victory in the island nation’s eighth presidential election, while his main rival Sajith Premadasa of the New Democratic Front (NDF) conceded defeat and has decided to step down as the ruling party’s Deputy Leader. In a Facebook post, Rajapaksa […]

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