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The diplomatic spat began when a senior Sri Lanka police officer sought asylum in Switzerland after investigating several cases involving members of the powerful Rajapaksa family -- Gotabaya…
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi's visit to Sri Lanka comes a day after Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa wrapped up his three-day visit to India.
During his three day visit November 28-30, Rajapaksa held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
Rajapaksa is on a three-day visit during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deepen strategic bilateral ties.
As per the Sri Lankan constitution, no court proceedings can take place against any serving president. However, when a president leaves his office, action can be taken against him.
Mahinda, who was sworn in as the prime minister yesterday, will lead the ministries of finance, economic affairs, housing, urban development, water supply and Buddhist affairs.
Sri Lanka's new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will swear in his elder brother and former president Mahinda, Government spokesman said.
Seven months after Islamist extremist attacks that killed 269 people, Rajapaksa was elected on Saturday on the back of a nationalist campaign promising security and to crush religious extremism in…
Rajapaksa, 70, had a 49.6 per cent share of the vote with close to six million ballots counted. He is the younger brother of the charismatic but controversial Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was president…
The 70-year-old retired lieutenant colonel secured massive support in majority Sinhalese constituencies and had 52.87 percent of the vote, according to early official results of Saturday's poll.…
Results could come as early as midday on Sunday if there is a clear winner.
Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and government minister Sajith Premadasa are locked in a close fight, politicians and analysts say.
There were no reports of any casualties so far. A police official said the attackers had burnt tyres on the road and set up makeshift road blocks to ambush the convoy of over 100 buses.
As the voting begins in the presidential election in Sri Lanka, here are some key facts.
Polling booths opened across the island at 7 am (0130 GMT) and voting would continue for 10 hours under tight security provided by 85,000 police, an election commission official said.