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Sri Lanka presidential election 2019: Gotabaya Rajapaksa storms to victory

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…

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa spokesman claims victory in Sri Lanka election

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.…

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Voting concludes in Sri Lanka president polls; result may come by Sunday afternoon

Results could come as early as midday on Sunday if there is a clear winner. 

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Sri Lanka presidential election: Voters pack polling stations; nearly 60% turnout recorded

Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and government minister Sajith Premadasa are locked in a close fight, politicians and analysts say.

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Gunmen fire at bus carrying Muslim voters in Sri Lanka

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. 

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Sri Lanka ends emergency four months after Easter attacks

Police have said that all those directly responsible for the suicide bombings have either been killed or arrested.

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Mahindra inaugurates first automotive assembly plant in Sri Lanka

Christened Mahindra Ideal Lanka Pvt Ltd, the assembly plant has been set up in collaboration with Ideal Motors of Sri Lanka.

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Catholic bishops in Sri Lanka call for independent inquiry into Easter terror attacks

In a statement signed by 14 bishops, the CBCSL on Tuesday said it has evaluated the situation in the country in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror attacks which resulted in the deaths of…

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Sri Lanka wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa launches presidential bid

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 70, served under his older brother, ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, and is widely seen as the frontrunner in a presidential election that must be held before December 9.

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Many Sri Lankans want a strongman leader, and that favours Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Many are rooting for Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who despite fighting allegations of war crimes, is expected to be announced as the presidential candidate of the opposition nationalist Sri Lanka Podujana…

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Sri Lanka risks losing debt market access if future government policy changes

Sri Lanka is preparing for the presidential election later this year and a parliament election in 2020, which is causing uncertainty among investors over potential policy shifts.

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Sri Lanka tourism industry begins to recover after attacks

Tourist arrivals from Europe and Asia-Pacific, which together account for 90 per cent of the total visitors to Sri Lanka, nearly halved in July from a year ago, according to the latest data from…

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Sri Lanka to offer free visas on arrival to boost tourism

Islamist militants on April 21 bombed churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing more than 250 people, including 42 foreign nationals.

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Sri Lanka says illegal UK waste offloaded to India, Dubai

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera told parliament the importer of the waste had reshipped about 180 tonnes of raw garbage to India and Dubai in 2017 and 2018.

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UN official says some Sri Lankan laws discriminately applied

President Maithripala Sirisena's government during its 2015 election campaign promised to ensure freedom of assembly, which was strictly limited under his predecessor.

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