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Sri Lanka hopes to reach initial agreement with IMF for help

Aug. 18, 2022 20:45 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's central bank chief said Thursday he hopes the government can reach a preliminary agreement that could lead to a bailout package with the International Monetary Fund when its officials visit the crisis-hit island nation later this month. The...

Sri Lanka introduces reform bill to clip presidential powers

Aug. 10, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's justice minister submitted a proposed constitutional amendment to Parliament on Wednesday that would clip the powers of the president, a key demand of protesters calling for political reforms and solutions to the country’s worst economic crisis. ...

Sri Lankans rally against crackdown on protesters

Aug. 09, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Hundreds of Sri Lankans on Tuesday rallied against a government crackdown and the use of emergency laws against peaceful protesters demanding answers to the country’s worst economic crisis. Protesters led by religious and trade union leaders marched to...

Sri Lanka asks China to postpone research ship's port call

Aug. 09, 2022 01:42 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has asked China to defer a port call of a scientific research ship after security concerns were reportedly raised by neighboring India. The Foreign Ministry ministry said in a statement Monday night that the Chinese vessel Yuan Wang 5 was...

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...