Sri Lanka’s new President Ranil Wickremesinghe says non-violent protests can continue

Sri Lanka’s new President Ranil Wickremesinghe told diplomats this week that non-violent protests against his government will be allowed to continue, including in the commercial capital Colombo, his office said in a statement on Sunday. In a pre-dawn raid on Friday, hundreds of security personnel dismantled part of an anti-government protest camp outside the presidential… Read More Sri Lanka’s new President Ranil Wickremesinghe says non-violent protests can continue

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa officially resigns

Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa submitted a letter of resignation on Thursday, a spokesperson for the parliament speaker said, hours after fleeing to Singapore following mass protests over an economic meltdown. The announcement triggered jubilation in the commercial capital Colombo where protesters massed outside the presidential secretariat, defying a city-wide curfew. Crowds set off firecrackers,… Read More Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa officially resigns

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees to Maldives amid protests

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives on Wednesday,bringing to an apparent end his family’s near two-decade dominance of the country after a massive popular uprising brought on by an economic collapse. But his decision to leave his ally Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in charge as acting president triggered more demonstrations, with protesters… Read More Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees to Maldives amid protests

Sri Lankan authorities stop former finance minister Basil Rajapaksa from leaving country

Sri Lankan immigration officials said on Tuesday they prevented the president’s brother and former finance minister Basil Rajapaksa from flying out of the country, as anger mounted against the powerful family for a debilitating economic crisis. It was not immediately clear where Rajapaksa, who also holds U.S. citizenship, was trying to go. He resigned as… Read More Sri Lankan authorities stop former finance minister Basil Rajapaksa from leaving country

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down as protests intensify

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will step down next Wednesday, the country’s parliamentary speaker said on Saturday, bowing to popular pressure after a day of violent protests in which demonstrators stormed the president’s official residence and set fire to the prime minister’s home in Colombo. The announcement came after a dramatic escalation in months of… Read More Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down as protests intensify

Sri Lankan protesters storm president’s residence over worsening economic crisis

Thousands of Sri Lankan protesters stormed into the president’s official residence in Colombo on Saturday, demanding his resignation as public anger grows over the country’s worst economic crisis in seven decades. Soldiers and police were unable to hold back the crowd of chanting protesters, who also forced their way through heavy metal gates into the… Read More Sri Lankan protesters storm president’s residence over worsening economic crisis

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appoints Ranil Wickremesinghe as new prime minister

Sri Lanka’s new prime minister will begin forming a unity government on Friday, but his appointment has failed to appease anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of the president for the country’s disastrous economic crisis. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed veteran opposition politician Ranil Wickremesinghe as the island nation’s prime minister late on Thursday after a week… Read More Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appoints Ranil Wickremesinghe as new prime minister