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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...

Correction: Foreign Influence-Straw Donor story

Nov. 21, 2019 3:51 PM EST

In a story Oct. 30 about Imaad Zuberi, a political fundraiser accused of making illegal contributions on behalf of foreigners, The Associated Press omitted certain details of donations involving Saudi businessman Mohammed Al Rahbani and misattributed the source of some information. Prosecutors said Zuberi...

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...

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president

Nov. 18, 2019 5:53 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president on Monday and appealed to minority Tamils and Muslims who voted against him to give their support. Rajapaksa, who is credited with helping end the country’s long civil war, comfortably...

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been sworn in as Sri Lankan president, appeals to minority Tamils and Muslims to rally around him

Nov. 18, 2019 1:45 AM EST
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been sworn in as Sri Lankan president, appeals to minority Tamils and Muslims to rally around him.

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 Lanka’s ruling party candidate concedes defeat to Gotabaya Rajapaksa in presidential election

Nov. 17, 2019 12:57 AM EST
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s ruling party candidate concedes defeat to Gotabaya Rajapaksa in presidential election.

Muslim voters attacked in Sri Lanka presidential election

Nov. 16, 2019 8:38 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Polls closed Saturday evening after a day of voting for Sri Lanka’s next president, an election marred by shots fired at a convoy of Muslims heading to cast their ballots in what some called a coordinated effort to disenfranchise the minority group. There were no reported...