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Symbolic swearing-in for Sri Lanka's new president

Nov 18, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Having spearheaded the brutal end of the Tamil separatist war a decade ago, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a divisive figure but popular among his own majority Sinhalese-Buddhist community

NEW PRESIDENT. Sri Lanka's new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa gestures during his swearing-in ceremony at the Ruwanwelisaya temple in Anuradhapura on November 18, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

'Terminator' Rajapaksa storms to victory in Sri Lanka election

Nov 17, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the younger brother of the charismatic but controversial ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa

POLL WINNER. Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa (C) leaves a polling station after casting his vote during the country's presidential election in Colombo on November 16, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Gunmen fire on buses carrying Muslim Sri Lankan voters

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Such tactics are nothing new in Sri Lanka, which emerged from a horrific civil war only a decade ago

ELECTIONS. Supporters of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa celebrate the closing of the voting in Baddegama on November 16, 2019. AFP photo

Rajapaksas eye comeback in Sri Lanka presidential election

Nov 16, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, brother of political heavyweight Mahinda Rajapaksa, may be elected into office

Sri Lankan voters queue up to cast their ballots at a polling station during the country's presidential election in Colombo on November 16, 2019. - Sri Lankans began voting on November 16 in a tightly fought presidential election where former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa's family is seeking a return to power after five years. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Sri Lanka election chief censors state TV ahead of polls

Nov 03, 2019 - 4:20 PM

This comes after the Independent Television Network aired a program that the election commission says had harmed the opposition frontrunner, who is also the brother of ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse

Sri Lanka faces costliest election, longest ballot paper

Oct 08, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Thirty five candidates are running in the November 16 poll, the highest number in any single ballot

COSTLIEST ELECTION. Sri Lankan troops keep watch and hold back party supporters outside the election commissioner's office in Colombo on October 7, 2019 shortly after candidates contesting for next month's presidential election handed in the nomination papers. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Sri Lanka's Rajapakse clan steps up new bid for power

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Gotabhaya Rajapakse is frontrunner in the campaign for the November 16 election, even though his bid is widely seen as a front to get Mahinda back into power

ELECTIONS. Gotabhaya Rajapakse (R), the former secretary to the ministry of defense and brother of Sri Lanka's opposition leader and former president Mahinda Rajapakse (L), waves to supporters in Colombo on October 7, 2019, after filing his nomination papers to contest the upcoming presidential election. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Ex-Sri Lanka leader Rajapakse concedes election defeat

Aug 18, 2015 - 10:48 AM

Rajapakse: My dream of becoming prime minister has faded away I am conceding We have lost a good fight

PROTECTING THE VOTE. Sri Lankan police officers escort election officials carrying ballot boxes to the counting centers after the voting at the 15th parliamentary election in Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 17, 2015. MA Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Ex-strongman Rajapakse plans comeback as Sri Lanka votes

Aug 17, 2015 - 12:34 PM

Rajapakse is confident of returning to power after drawing massive crowds on the election trail despite the 69 year old and his closest relatives facing corruption allegations

CIVIC DUTY. Voters line up at a polling station to vote for the 15th parliamentary election at Makola, Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 17, 2015. M.A. Pushma Kumara/EPA

Sri Lanka's new president gets down to mending ties

Jan 10, 2015 - 2:10 PM

Maithripala Sirisena begins forming a national unity cabinet and has offered a 100 day program to carry out urgent political and economic reforms

NEW PRESIDENT. Sri Lanka's newly-elected president Maithripala Sirisena gestures after being sworn in at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9, 2015. Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Sirisena: Dark horse who unseated Sri Lanka's leader

Jan 09, 2015 - 1:48 PM

It is a stunning turnaround for the mild mannered 63 year old who became an unlikely rallying point for disaffected Sri Lankans when he walked out of Rajapakse s government a day after sharing dinner with the strongman president

VOTER'S CHOICE. Sri Lanka's joint opposition and Democratic National Alliance presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena casts his vote at the presidential elections in Polonnaruwa, some 240 km east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 08 January 2015, Sri Lanka, 08 January 2015. Photo by EPA

High turnout for Sri Lanka's tightest election in decades

Jan 08, 2015 - 9:16 PM

Turnout was higher than expected in Tamil dominated areas of the north and east which have boycotted national elections in the past

READY. Election officials carry ballot boxes to polling centers one day ahead of the Presidential Elections in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 07 January 2015. M.A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Specter of Tamil Tigers looms as Sri Lanka goes to polls

Jan 07, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Nearly 6 years after Sri Lanka s army destroyed the Tamil Tigers their ghosts are haunting a bitterly fought presidential election

A Sri Lankan supporter holds up a flag as President Mahinda Rajapakse addresses a rally in Jaffna on January 2, 2015. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Sri Lankan leader faces election battle as war effect wanes

Jan 06, 2015 - 10:43 AM

The surprise decision of Mahinda Rajapakse s health minister Maithripala Sirisena to defect from the ruling party and stand as the main opposition candidate turns what might have been a walk over into a real contest

A Sri Lankan supporter holds up a flag as President Mahinda Rajapakse addresses a rally in Jaffna on January 2, 2015. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Violence escalates ahead of Sri Lanka polls: officials

Jan 03, 2015 - 10:53 PM

A private monitoring group claims receiving 1 073 complaints since campaigning got underway in early December

Sri Lanka says papal visit on despite snap polls

Nov 02, 2014 - 3:09 PM

President s office: Pope Francis has graciously accepted the president s invitation and the Vatican has confirmed that His Holiness will be visiting Sri Lanka in January 2015

In this file photo, Pope Francis (C) greets Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse (L) and his wife Shiranthi (R) during a private meeting in Vatican City, 03 October 2014. Alessandro di Meo/EPA

Sri Lankan snap polls cast doubt on Pope's visit

Oct 21, 2014 - 3:31 PM

Sri Lanka has not yet announced an election date but the information minister says the polls would be held in January when Pope Francis is due to visit

Pope Francis (C) greets Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse (L) and his wife Shiranthi (R) during a private meeting in Vatican City, 03 October 2014. Alessandro di Meo/EPA

Sri Lanka heads for snap presidential poll

Oct 20, 2014 - 9:41 PM

The presidential election will be held in January 2015

File photo of Mahina Rajapakse  from Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Sri Lanka's Tamils vote after decades of war

Sep 21, 2013 - 1:24 PM

Sri Lanka s minority Tamils begin voting in an election they hope will give them a shot at self rule after decades of ethnic bloodshed

TAMILS DECIDE. Sri Lankan election workers carry ballot boxes before boarding buses as they prepare to go to their polling centers in Jaffna, 400 km (250 miles) north of the capital Colombo on September 20, 2013. AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi