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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa greets ruling party lawmakers as he departs along the well of the parliament after delivering his policy speech in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankan leader to scrap charter clause limiting powers

Aug. 20, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president said Thursday he will use the overwhelming mandate received by his governing coalition in recent parliamentary elections to remove a constitutional amendment curtailing presidential powers and limiting the president to two terms. The amendment was...

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, right, hands over credentials to Namal Rajapaksa, elder son of prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after appointing him as the country's sports minister during a ceremony in Kandy, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Sri Lanka's president swore into office a new Cabinet on Wednesday that includes two of his elder brothers and a nephew, after a landslide election victory last week. (AP Photo)

3 Rajapaksas sworn into new Sri Lanka Cabinet after election

Aug. 12, 2020 4:53 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president swore into office a new Cabinet on Wednesday that includes two of his brothers and a nephew, after a landslide election victory last week. The 26 Cabinet members include Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who also holds the finance, urban development...

Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, waits to be sworn in as the prime minister at Kelaniya Royal Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Rajapaksa sworn in as PM in Sri Lanka, cementing family rule

Aug. 9, 2020 2:44 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the prime minister for the fourth time Sunday after his party secured a landslide victory in parliamentary elections that cemented his family's hold on power. Rajapaksa took oath before his younger brother,...

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa greets supporters following his election victory in the general election at his residence in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The country's powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary election, giving them nearly the two-thirds majority of seats required to make constitutional changes, according to results released Friday. Rajapaksa is likely to be sworn in the same position by his younger brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, after the vote that could strengthen dynastic rule in the Indian Ocean island nation. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Rajapaksa brothers win by landslide in Sri Lanka's election

Aug. 7, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa brothers secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary election, giving them nearly the two-thirds majority of seats required to make constitutional changes, according to results released Friday. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely...

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, third right, his wife Shiranthi, second right, and family members arrive to cast their votes in their home village Madamulana, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Sri Lankans started voting Wednesday to elect a new Parliament that is expected to give strong support to the powerful and popular Rajapaksa brothers. (AP Photo/Pradeep Pathirana)

Sri Lanka parliamentary election expected to back Rajapaksas

Aug. 5, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankans voted Wednesday to elect a new Parliament that is expected to give strong support to the powerful and popular Rajapaksa brothers. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected last November after projecting himself as the only leader who could secure the country after the...

A Sri Lankan polling officer carries election material to dispatch them to polling centers ahead of the parliamentary elections in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Sri Lankans are voting in parliamentary elections Wednesday that are expected to strengthen President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's grip on power. Parts of the party are also calling for a two-thirds majority in Parliament so it can amend the constitution to restore presidential powers curbed by a 2015 constitutional change. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

A glance at Sri Lanka and its parliamentary elections

Aug. 4, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankans vote in parliamentary elections Wednesday that are expected to strengthen President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's grip on power. His party has campaigned for a strong government that will enable Rajapaksa to fulfill his presidential election pledges. Parts of the party are...

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, and his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa wave to supporters during a party convention held to announce the presidential candidacy in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s powerful, popular Rajapaksa brothers are likely to get strong support in parliamentary elections Wednesday that could add to their family political dynasty and their ability to amend the constitution. The prospect of those changes raise fears of weakening government institutions and the rule of law. The results of the vote could also lead to sibling rivalry, charting the country into more confusion, analysts say.. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Rajapaksa brothers to get strong support in Sri Lanka polls

Aug. 3, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s powerful, popular Rajapaksa brothers are likely to get strong support in parliamentary elections Wednesday that could add to their family political dynasty and their ability to amend the constitution – a prospect raising fears of weakening government...