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Sri Lanka leader appoints Cabinet, brother will lead finance

Nov. 22, 2019 2:05 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president on Friday appointed a 16-member interim Cabinet and allotted finance and other ministries to his brother, the new prime minister. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was elected last week, also said he would call a parliamentary election as early as...

Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in Sri Lanka’s new PM

Nov. 21, 2019 4:58 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday sworn in as prime minister his brother and the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, capping a victorious return to power of the brothers credited with a military victory over Tamil rebels but also implicated...

Sri Lankan PM to step down, clearing way for new president

Nov. 20, 2019 10:22 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Wednesday he will step down, clearing the way for Parliament to choose a prime minister to work with newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Wickremesinghe said he will submit his resignation to the president on Thursday....

Sri Lanka’s new president may struggle to form government

Nov. 19, 2019 4:22 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s newly elected president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, may struggle to consolidate his victory. With many executive powers clipped and the opposition in control of a powerful Parliament, the former defense official who inspires respect but also fear may have difficulty...

Former Sri Lankan defense chief wins presidential vote

Nov. 17, 2019 6:44 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defense official revered by Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority for his role in ending a bloody civil war but feared by minorities for his brutal approach, registered a comfortable victory Sunday in the nation’s presidential election. Elections...

Sri Lankans seek security in post-Easter attack election

Nov. 14, 2019 11:38 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Worries about Islamic extremism will be paramount for many Sri Lankan voters while others hope to block former leaders accused of human rights violations from returning to power in Saturday’s presidential election, the country’s first national polls since last...

Key factors in Sri Lanka’s presidential election

Nov. 13, 2019 11:16 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankans are voting Saturday for a new president after weeks of campaigning that largely focused on national security and religious extremism in the backdrop of the deadly Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attacks on Easter Sunday. THE ELECTION Nearly 16 million people are...

The Latest: UN chief says remember victims of terrorism

Oct. 28, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments following President Donald Trump's announcement that U.S. forces in Syria killed the Islamic State group's leader (all times local): 8:45 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the death of the Islamic State group's leader is a moment to remember the...

Sri Lanka spy chief blamed for failures before Easter attack

Oct. 23, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan parliamentary committee that investigated last April's Easter suicide bombings has concluded that the country's spy chief was primarily responsible for the intelligence failure that led to the deaths of 269 people in the attacks. In a report released Wednesday, the...

Sri Lanka's Sirisena exits, with reform promises unfulfilled

Oct. 7, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has decided not to seek reelection next month after failing to fulfill many of the promises of his first term. A record 35 candidates filed nominations Monday for the Nov. 16 election, with former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa...