Sri Lanka politics - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Sri Lanka politics


Sri Lanka Muslim ministers resign en masse over Easter bombings

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:21 PM

The resignations of 9 government legislators come after a Buddhist monk lawmaker supporting President Maithripala Sirisena demanded the sacking of 3 top Muslim politicians

EASTER BOMBINGS. In this file photo, Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Sri Lanka president names new cabinet after final dispute with prime minister

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:47 PM

'The forming of the cabinet was delayed because the president wanted to retain media and the police,' the government says

POWER STRUGGLE. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena seeks talks to end a power struggle that has crippled the country. File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister, ending power struggle

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Ranil Wickremesinghe is sworn back in power at a closed-door ceremony in the president's office in Colombo

REINSTATED. Sri Lanka's ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is now back in power, ending power struggle in the nation. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Sri Lanka parliament votes out Rajapaksa's government

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya rules that a majority of the 225-member assembly supports the motion against Mahinda Rajapakse who was made prime minister on October 26

OUT. This file photo shows Sri Lanka's former president and prime minister Mahinda Rajapakse (L) and President Maithripala Sirisena attending a rally in Colombo on November 5, 2018. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Sri Lanka president's climbdown offers hope of end to political crisis

Nov 01, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The speaker Karu Jayasuriya has met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to force the concession

SIRISENA. In this file photo, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena gestures after being sworn in at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9, 2015. File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Sri Lanka says military 'sabotaging' post-war reconciliation

Jan 29, 2015 - 2:50 PM

The government says it is investigating allegations that two senior military officers are training 400 troops to provoke unrest in Jaffna

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

Church in Sri Lanka warzone prepares for papal visit

Jan 12, 2015 - 1:33 PM

A small church nestled in a Sri Lankan wildlife reserve was on the frontline of the island s decades long civil war but is now preparing for the first ever papal visit seen as a beacon of harmony

In a picture taken on January 11, 2015, Sri Lankan priest Emilianuspillai Santhiapillai (background R) leads Sunday Mass at The Our Lady of Madhu church in Madhu. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Coup averted in Sri Lanka – new government

Jan 11, 2015 - 5:02 PM

A top aide to newly elected Maithripala Sirisena tells reporters Mahinda Rajapakse had in fact tried to persuade the island s army and police chiefs to help him stay in office with the use of force

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

Sri Lanka votes in tightest election in decades

Jan 08, 2015 - 9:17 AM

UPDATED Sri Lanka goes to the polls in its tightest election in decades with its strongman president battling for survival

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

4 concerns in Sri Lanka snap presidential polls

Jan 07, 2015 - 4:24 PM

A Namfrel official describes the situation in Sri Lanka in the run up to the January 8 presidential polls and the similarities with the conduct of elections in the Philippines

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 Lanka president pledges fresh war crimes probe

Dec 23, 2014 - 8:36 PM

But President Mahinda Rajapakse reiterates that he would not cooperate with a UN mandated investigation into the government s 2009 crushing of the Tamil Tiger rebellion

In this handout photograph released by the Sri Lankan Presidential Office, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse (C) is pictured as he unveils his manifesto for the January 2015 presidential election in Colombo on December 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO/PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE