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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves for Singapore on Saudi airlines from Maldives: Report

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has left the Maldives on a Saudi airlines flight bound for Singapore. The president had fled to the Maldives a day earlier amid mass protests over Sri Lanka’s economic crisis. It is not clear if Mr Rajapaksa will stay in Singapore or whether he will use it as a layover […]

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‘Do whatever is necessary to restore order’: Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe tells military

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told the military to do “whatever is necessary to restore order” after protesters stormed his office on Wednesday. Mr Wickremesinghe has been appointed acting president by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who has fled the country. But the decision to leave him in charge triggered further protests demanding that the […]

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees country on military jet

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled Sri Lanka on a military jet, amid mass protests over the island’s economic crisis. The country’s air force confirmed the 73-year-old flew to the Maldives with his wife and two security officials. In his absence, he has appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as acting president. Mr Rajapaksa’s departure ends a […]

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Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa likely to stepdown on 13 July

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has confirmed he will resign, the prime minister’s office has said, after tens of thousands of protesters stormed the official residences of both men. Sri Lanka is in deep financial crisis and the crowds say they won’t leave until both men quit their posts. The parliament Speaker had earlier said […]

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‘Gota go home’: Thousands of protesters storm President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s residence

Thousands of protesters have stormed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s residence in the capital of Sri Lanka. Demonstrators from all over the country marched to Colombo demanding his resignation after months of protests over mismanagement of the country’s economic crisis. Reports say he has already been moved to a safer location. The country is suffering rampant inflation […]

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Sri Lanka asks China to restructure debt repayments amid worsening financial situation

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka has requested China to restructure its debt repayments as part of efforts to help the South Asian country navigate its worsening financial situation. He made a request during a meeting with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday. In the last decade China has lent Sri Lanka over […]

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Sri Lanka launches probe to investigate mysterious cooking gas explosions and fires

Sri Lanka‚Äôs parliament convened a special committee to investigate dozens of unexplained cooking gas explosions and fires in kitchens around the country. Following police and media reports of at least 14 explosions in a single day, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday appointed an eight-member committee to investigate and provide a report within two weeks. Consumer […]

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Sri Lanka declares emergency over food shortage as banks run out of foreign exchange

Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency over food shortages as private banks run out of foreign exchange to finance imports. With the country suffering a hard-hitting economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday said he has ordered emergency regulations to counter the hoarding of sugar, rice and other essential foods. The regulations give […]

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Rajapaksa brothers register landslide win in Sri Lankan parliamentary elections

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared victory in the country’s parliamentary election. His brother Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to be installed as prime minister, having held the role as caretaker since November. The brothers’ party, Sri Lanka People’s Front, has secured a two-thirds “super majority” of seats needed to carry out its promised constitutional […]