Mahinda Rajapaksa

July 20, 2022
July 20, 2022

Sri Lankan lawmakers choose 6-time PM Ranil Wickremesinghe as president

Sri Lankan lawmakers chose six-time Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as president Wednesday to succeed the ousted leader who fled the country in a vote that risks reigniting political turmoil in the troubled South Asian island nation.

July 13, 2022
July 13, 2022

Gotabaya may have to leave Maldives, next destination could be Singapore or UAE

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, president of Sri Lanka, who has fled to the Maldives early today (July 13, 2022), is expected to announce his resignation from office.

July 13, 2022
July 13, 2022

Gotabaya appoints PM Wickremesinghe to act as Sri Lanka president

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed to be acting president as incumbent Gotabaya Rajapaksa was overseas, the parliamentary Speaker announced Wednesday as thousands of protesters demanded both men step down.

July 13, 2022
July 13, 2022

Sri Lankan president flees to Maldives on air force plane

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country early on Wednesday, two sources told Reuters, hours before he was due to step down amid widespread protests over his handling of a devastating economic crisis.

July 12, 2022
July 12, 2022

Is It Sri Lanka’s ‘Arab Spring’ Moment?

Two dates – May 9 and July 9 – will remain significant for the Rajapaksa brothers in Sri Lanka.

May 12, 2022
May 12, 2022

Five-time Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe to be reappointed, says party official

Five-time former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be reappointed on Thursday in an effort to bring stability to the island nation, engulfed in a political and economic crisis, a party official said.

May 12, 2022
May 12, 2022

Ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, son barred from leaving Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan court on Thursday banned former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, his politician son Namal and 15 allies from leaving the country over violence against anti-government demonstrators.

May 10, 2022
May 10, 2022

Mahinda Rajapaksa, family takes shelter in naval base, surrounded by protesters

Sri Lanka's former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family have taken shelter at a naval base at the administrative headquarters of the Trincomalee district, as deadly protests continue amid the country's worst-ever economic crisis, NDTV reports.

May 9, 2022
May 9, 2022

Sri Lankan MP takes own life during clashes in Colombo

Two people including an MP from the ruling party died and at least 139 were injured on Monday in a day of violence in Sri Lanka, police and hospital officials said.

April 29, 2022
April 29, 2022

Sri Lanka crisis: Mahinda Rajapaksa to be replaced as PM, new cabinet soon

Sri Lanka’s president has agreed to replace his older brother as prime minister in a proposed interim government to solve a political impasse caused by the country’s worst economic crisis in decades, a prominent lawmaker said Friday.