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Ranil Wickremesinghe elected as new president of Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka | Xinhua | Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected as the new president of Sri Lanka in an election held in parliament on Wednesday. Soon after winning the election, Wickremesinghe addressed the parliament, calling on all legislators including the opposition parliamentarians to unite and work together with him to …

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Sri Lanka crisis

How family rule fails | THE INDEPENDENT | The Rajapaksas; one of Sri Lanka’s most powerful political families, were once revered as liberators. They initiated many urban development projects that pushed their country into the upper middle income status with per capita income of US$3,852 in 2019. Despite that, after …

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Sri Lankan president resigns, PM interim president

Colombo, Sri Lanka | Xinhua | Sri Lanka’s Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on Friday announced the official resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be sworn in as an interim president. In a media briefing, Speaker Abeywardena said he has received the resignation letter of the president, …

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Sri Lanka’s new president to be elected on July 20: speaker

Colombo, Sri Lanka | Xinhua | Sri Lanka’s speaker of parliament on Monday said political party leaders have decided to elect a new president on July 20 through a vote in parliament. In a statement, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said that following a meeting with all political party leaders, it was …

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Sri Lanka declares Fridays holiday to promote agriculture

Colombo, Sri Lanka | Xinhua | Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal to declare Fridays a holiday for government employees to encourage them to carry out agricultural work to increase production in the country, local media reported on Tuesday. According to a cabinet proposal, the ministers endorsed two key …

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Sri Lanka reinstates ousted PM, begins uneasy truce

Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday reappointed as prime minister the same man he sacked from the job nearly two months ago, ending a power struggle and immediately setting off an uneasy cohabitation government. Ranil Wickremesinghe, whose shock dismissal in late October threw Sri Lanka …

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