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  • Rajapaksa raises LTTE bogey, but promises equal rights

    COLOMBO: To garner support among the majority Sinhalese-Buddhist community for the August 17 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has alleged that there has been a revival of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) in the Tamil-majority Northern Province since he quit office on January 9 this year...

    The situation is the same as it was in 1980 before the full scale outbreak of Tamil militancy,”...

  • Sirisena-Rajapaksa talks end in stalemate

    COLOMBO: The much awaited talks between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to sort out problems between them ended inconclusively on Wednesday...

    While Sirisena is chairman of the party by virtue of being the President of Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa in a patron of the party by virtue of having been a past president of Lanka...

  • Two former PMs leave Rajapaksa camp, join govt

    COLOMBO: Two former prime ministers of Sri Lanka have quit the ruling party faction led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and cast their lot with the group led by Maithripala Sirisena, the current head of state...

    The latest defections are expected to seriously weaken the Rajapaksa faction in the SLFP...

  • Rajapaksa’s brother arrested

    COLOMBO: Basil Rajapaksa, a brother of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa and a former minister, was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of siphoning off money from a state-run housing scheme...

    Rajapaksa had returned from the United States only on Tuesday...

  • Court stays arrest of Rajapaksa’s brother

    COLOMBO: Former Sri Lankan defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday got an interim injunction from the Supreme Court against his arrest...

    Gotabaya, who is brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, challenged the legality of the government’s financial crimes investigation division...

  • Rajapaksa to meet Sirisena today

    COLOMBO: Sri Lankans are waiting with bated breath for the outcome of crucial talks between President Maithripala Sirisena and his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, scheduled for Wednesday...

    Rajapaksa’s demands include an end to “victimisation” of his supporters through “politically-driven” police investigations into charges of corruption and dropping the idea of forming a national government with the opposition United National...

  • Pro-Rajapaksa ministers quit Lankan cabinet

    COLOMBO: Four members of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s cabinet have resigned because they felt “marginalised on account of our close ties to Mahinda Rajapaksa (the former head of state)”...

    They said they were entrusted with greater responsibilities in the Rajapaksa government...

  • Sirisena rules out any major role for Rajapaksa

    COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan president has bluntly told the pro-Rajapaksa faction in the ruling party that Mahinda Rajapaksa, his predecessor, will neither be nominated as a prime ministerial candidate nor as member of parliament,cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told a media briefing on Thursday...

    According to Mr Senaratne, Maithripala Sirisena told a six-man team of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP), which is trying to bring...

  • Srisena predicts polls defeat for ruling party, blames Rajapaksa

    Rajapaksa — who lost the Jan 8 presidential election — was on Monday formally accepted as a candidate to stand in the upcoming polls, ending weeks of speculation...

    “I told him Tamil and Muslim people of this country will not vote for you,” Sirisena said explaining how he tried to dissuade Rajapaksa from running...

  • Sirisena rules out PM job for Rajapaksa

    COLOMBO: With Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections just three days away, President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday wrote to his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, to make it clear to him that he would not be made prime minister even if the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the Aug 17 polls...

    This is the second statement by President Sirisena virtually telling Mr Rajapaksa to kill his prime ministerial ambitions...

  • Rajapaksa’s son arrested over money laundering

    Namal Rajapaksa was remanded into custody for accepting more than $500,000 from an Indian company, police told a Colombo judge...

    Colombo Fort Magistrate ordered Rajapaksa, a lawmaker from an opposition party faction loyal to his father Mahinda, to be kept in custody until July 18 to allow the police’s Financial Crimes Investigations Division to conduct their enquiries...

  • Sirisena takes feud with Rajapaksa to court

    COLOMBO: Continuing his feud with his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan President Maithr­ipala Sirisena on Wednesday stalled a meeting of the central committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) called by its general secretary, a Rajapaksa loyalist...

    Earlier in the day, the central committee of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), of which SLFP is the main component, declared that Rajapaksa would lead its election...

  • Sirisena purges SLFP of Rajapaksa loyalists

    COLOMBO: President Maithripala Sirisena moved on Friday to purge the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its main constituent, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), of loyalists of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, a day after having sent a strongly worded letter to Mr Rajapaksa refusing to appoint him prime minister even if the UPFA won the August 17 parliamentary polls...

    Mr Rajapaksa said in his letter that he had respected...

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