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Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as acting president of Sri Lanka

Colombo: Former Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Acting President of the country shortly after Parliament Speaker Mahinda Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana confirmed the official resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the post. Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in by Sri Lanka Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya on Friday. The Speaker has said that...

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has resigned as Sri Lanka president, Speaker confirms

Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has officially resigned from his post and his resignation has been accepted, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana confirmed. His resignation came hours after he fled to Singapore. As the news surfaced, celebrations erupted on the streets of Colombo. When still in power, he had fled the country after protesters swarmed...

Sri Lanka: Gotabaya yet to resign as prez, reportedly headed to Singapore from Maldives

Colombo: Confusion reigned in Sri Lanka as President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was yet to fulfil his promise of resigning from his post. Hours after leaving the country for Maldives, he appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as the acting President, fuelling further protests. Meanwhile, Gotabaya was reported to be heading to Singapore from Maldives. Sources said that he could...

Emergency declared in Sri Lanka after President Gotabaya flees country

Colombo: Hours after Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country and landed in Maldives, the island nation announced a state of emergency, news agency AFP said, quoting the PM’s office. A massive protest at the Presidential palace last Saturday had led to Gotabaya announcing he would resign from his post on July 13. However,...

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees to Maldives with wife, bodyguards

Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa landed in Maldives on Wednesday morning. He was to resign as president on Wednesday noon. Gotabaya has immunity from arrest till he is president, but not after that. Hence, he reportedly left the country before resigning. Gotabaya was accompanied by his wife and two bodyguards. They left the country...

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign tomorrow

  Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotayabaya Rajapaksa will hand over his resignation to the Speaker on Wednesday, July 14. He announced his decision after protesters swarmed the Presidential palace on Saturday. However, protesters said they would remain at the palace until Gotabaya actually resigns. He was sworn in in November 2019 Ranil Wickremesinghe, who had...

Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s house set afire

He had resigned earlier to make way for new government   Colombo: The unrest in Sri Lanka has been intensifying each moment. Hours after protesters rushed into the house of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the private residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was set afire. Amid calls for his resignation, Ranil Wickremesinghe announced his resignation from...

Fresh protests in Sri Lanka; President Gotabaya flees home

Colombo: Fresh protests erupted in Sri Lanka on Saturday amid the ongoing economic crisis. Protesters stormed the residence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo to demand his resignation. However, he fled from there. According to Defence sources, he was removed from there on Friday for his safety. The Sri Lanka police had imposed a curfew...

Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns; 100 anti-government protesters injured in clashes

Colombo: With protests continuing to intensify in crisis-hit Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday. The development only further intensified violent clashes in the island nation that is witnessing its worst economic crisis since independence. On Monday morning, protesters held a demonstration opposite the Temple Trees, the official residence of the...

Sri Lanka Opposition rejects President’s offer to form unity government

Day after appointment, Ali Sabry quits as FM   Colombo: Following the resignation of the entire Cabinet of the Sri Lanka government amid the escalating economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa invited the Opposition to join a unity government to run the country. However, his offer has been rejected by the latter, which called it “nonsensical”...

Rajapaksa declares Emergency in Sri Lanka amid economic crisis

India starts rice supply to Sri Lanka Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared a state of Emergency in Sri Lanka even as the nation grapples with an unprecedented economic crisis. The deployment of police and military has been increased across the country. Rajapaksa said the Emergency was declared for protection of public order and maintenance...