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Ranil Wickremesinghe to be sworn in as Sri Lanka President today

Colombo: Former Sri Lanka Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe will be sworn in as the President of the country on Thursday. Despite protests against him, the six-time former PM won the Presidential elections by a clean majority. His victory revived the anger against him, with protesters vowing to force him to leave. Wickremesinghe had taken over...

Ranil Wickremesinghe elected Sri Lanka President

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe has been elected the new president of the country. He got 134 votes in the elections held on Wednesday. Along with him, Dullas Alahapperuma and JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake were also in the race. Alahapperuma got 82 votes while Dissanayake got just 3. Ranil Wickremesinghe is a six-time...

Sri Lanka to elect new president today

Colombo: Sri Lanka will elect its new president on Wednesday, July 20. Interim President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Dullas Alahapperuma and JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake for the top post. The chair was vacated by Gotabaya Rajapaksa last week after he fled to Maldives and then Singapore, leaving behind a nation battered by unprecedented economic crisis and struggling...

All-party meeting on Sri Lanka crisis today; to be chaired by S Jaishankar, Sitharaman

New Delhi: The Union government has called an all-party meeting on Tuesday evening to talk about the ongoing crisis in Sri Lanka. The meeting will be chaired by External Affairs minister S Jaishankar and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The neighbouring country is in the grip of an unprecedented economic crisis that has upturned the government...

Sri Lanka: Acting President Wickremesinghe declares state of emergency

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe announced a state of emergency in the country, as per a notice issued by the government late on Sunday night. Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the acting president of Sri Lanka on July 15, shortly after Gotabaya Rajapaksa submitted his resignation after fleeing to Singapore. “It is expedient,...

Sri Lanka: Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe to implement urgent relief programme

Colombo: A day after being sworn in the Acting President of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe decided to implement an urgent relief programme to provide fuel, gas and essential food items to the public. The decision was taken after a meeting with ministers and MPs on Saturday morning, news agency ANI said quoting the Sri Lankan...

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...