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Rights groups urge Sri Lanka not to use force on protesters

Jul. 23, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — International human rights groups on Saturday urged Sri Lanka’s new president to immediately order security forces to cease use of force against protesters after troops and police cleared their main camp following months of demonstrations over the country’s economic...

Sri Lankan troops forcefully clear protesters; new PM named

Jul. 22, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan forces violently cleared the main protest camp of demonstrators outraged by the country’s economic meltdown as the newly elected and deeply unpopular president put army troops in the streets of the capital Friday to maintain order. Security...

New Sri Lankan president divisive choice for fixing crisis

Jul. 20, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s prime minister was elected president Wednesday by lawmakers who opted for a seasoned, veteran leader to lead the country out of economic collapse, despite widespread public opposition. Ranil Wickremesinghe, an ally of ousted President...

Sri Lanka's political turmoil sows worries for recovery

Jul. 19, 2022 05:25 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A day after Sri Lanka’s president fled, Mohamed Ishad waited outside an immigration office near the capital, clutching a file of documents that he hopes will get his passport renewed so he can leave, too. With the nation in the throes of its worst...

Sri Lanka acting president declares emergency amid protests

Jul. 18, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s acting president on Monday declared a state of emergency that gives him broad authority amid growing protests demanding his resignation — just two days before the country’s lawmakers are set to elect a new president. Ranil Wickremesinghe...

Sri Lanka begins choosing leader to replace ex-president

Jul. 16, 2022 03:34 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan lawmakers met Saturday to begin choosing a new leader to serve the rest of the term abandoned by the president who fled abroad and resigned after mass protests over the country’s economic collapse. A day earlier, Sri Lanka’s prime minister...

Sri Lanka's prime minister sworn in as interim president

Jul. 15, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's prime minister was sworn in Friday as interim president until Parliament elects a successor to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled abroad and resigned after mass protests over the country’s economic collapse. Lawmakers were to convene Saturday to...

Protesters retreat as Sri Lankan president sends resignation

Jul. 14, 2022 22:34 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Protesters retreated from government buildings Thursday in Sri Lanka, restoring a tenuous calm to the economically crippled country, and the embattled president at last emailed the resignation that demonstrators have sought for months. President Gotabaya...

Sri Lanka in crisis: President flees and ire turns to PM

Jul. 13, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president fled the country Wednesday, plunging a nation already reeling from economic chaos into more political turmoil. Protesters demanding a change in leadership then trained their ire on the prime minister and stormed his office. ...

EXPLAINER: What's happened and what's next in Sri Lanka

Jul. 13, 2022 01:50 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president, who had announced he would resign Wednesday, has fled the country after months of turmoil culminated in protesters converging on the presidential palace. Here's what’s happening in Sri Lanka: — The country is hurtling toward...