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Sri Lankan MPs vote Ranil Wickremesinghe as president despite unpopularity among public

Sri Lankan MPs have elected prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the country’s new president, despite his unpopularity with the public. Mr Wickremesinghe faces the task of leading the country out of its economic collapse and restoring public order after months of mass protests. He roundly defeated his main rival for the job, Dullus Alahapperuma, with […]

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Sri Lanka’s acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe declares fresh emergency

Sri Lanka’s acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared a state of emergency in the crisis-ridden island nation in an effort to head off unrest ahead of a vote in parliament later this week to elect a new president. Wickremesinghe announced the measure “in the interests of public security, the protection of public order and the […]

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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 […]