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Sri Lanka crisis: Ranil Wickremesinghe likens President Maithripala Sirisena to Hitler, says 'not afraid of snap polls'
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Sri Lanka crisis: Ranil Wickremesinghe likens President Maithripala Sirisena to Hitler, says 'not afraid of snap polls'

Sri Lanka has been going through a major political crisis since 26 October when President Sirisena, in a controversial move, removed Wickremesinghe and installed ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place.

Maithripala Sirisena mulls backing down in crisis over Sri Lanka Parliament, seeks 'dignified exit' from controversy
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Maithripala Sirisena mulls backing down in crisis over Sri Lanka Parliament, seeks 'dignified exit' from controversy

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is considering dropping an attempt to dissolve the parliament to ease off weeks of political deadlock, sources close to the president told Reuters.

Sri Lanka political crisis: Mahinda Rajapaksa demands snap election, says sovereignty 'vested in people, not in Parliament'
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Sri Lanka political crisis: Mahinda Rajapaksa demands snap election, says sovereignty 'vested in people, not in Parliament'

In a statement, Mahinda Rajapaksa cited occasions in the history when Parliament had been dissolved to call parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka to avoid crisis and bring in political stability.

Sri Lanka crisis: 122 MPs challenge Mahinda Rajapaksa's leadership in court, fear 'state of anarchy and chaos'
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Sri Lanka crisis: 122 MPs challenge Mahinda Rajapaksa's leadership in court, fear 'state of anarchy and chaos'

Sri Lanka has been embroiled in a severe political crisis after Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe and appointed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister on 26 October.

Ousted Sri Lanka prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's alliance wins control of key committee in Parliament
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Ousted Sri Lanka prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's alliance wins control of key committee in Parliament

Ousted Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's alliance on Friday won control of a powerful panel in Parliament, dealing a major blow to President Maithripala Sirisena and his prime ministerial appointee Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sri Lankan parties agree to form select committee to conduct parliamentary affairs amid political infighting
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Sri Lankan parties agree to form select committee to conduct parliamentary affairs amid political infighting

Sri Lankan Parliament, which was convened on Monday for a third floor test against disputed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, was adjourned just ten minutes after its opening.

Sri Lanka political crisis deepens as Maithripala Sirisena, Mahinda Rajapaksa refuse to budge
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Sri Lanka political crisis deepens as Maithripala Sirisena, Mahinda Rajapaksa refuse to budge

With Maithripala Sirisena refusing to accept two consecutive no-confidence motions, the situation remains at a deadlock.

Sri Lanka political crisis continues as all-party meeting called by President Maithripala Sirisena fails to end logjam
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Sri Lanka political crisis continues as all-party meeting called by President Maithripala Sirisena fails to end logjam

An all-party meeting called by Sri Lanka's president Maithripala Sirisena failed to make any breakthrough on Sunday to end the raging political crisis set off by his controversial decision to remove Sri Lanka prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month.

Sri Lanka's president Maithripala Sirisena says he won't suspend Parliament after PM loses another confidence vote
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Sri Lanka's president Maithripala Sirisena says he won't suspend Parliament after PM loses another confidence vote

Sri Lanka’s president said on Friday he won’t suspend parliament “under any circumstances”, after the prime minister he appointed late last month lost his second confidence vote in three days.

Sri Lanka crisis: President Maithripala Sirisena seeks fresh no-confidence motion against PM Mahinda Rajapaksa
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Sri Lanka crisis: President Maithripala Sirisena seeks fresh no-confidence motion against PM Mahinda Rajapaksa

The country appeared politically rudderless after the speaker of parliament declared there was no functioning prime minister or cabinet due to a no-confidence vote on Wednesday against Mahinda Rajapaksa, whom President Maithripala Sirisena appointed last month in controversial circumstances.

Chaos reigns in Sri Lanka Parliament as Mahinda Rajapaksa supporters clash with UNP MPs, threaten Speaker Karu Jayasuriya
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Chaos reigns in Sri Lanka Parliament as Mahinda Rajapaksa supporters clash with UNP MPs, threaten Speaker Karu Jayasuriya

The situation inside the Sri Lanka parliament turned violent on Thursday with MPs supporting Mahinda Rajapaksa clashing with UNP Mps amid allegations of malpractice against the House Speaker Karu Jayasuriya

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan joins Mahinda Rajapaksa's newly-formed SLPP
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Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan joins Mahinda Rajapaksa's newly-formed SLPP

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan is to run for a seat in Parliament from the southwestern Kalutara district, SLPP sources said.

Chaos in Sri Lanka, China’s long shadow and rise of anti-democratic forces complicate India’s security challenge
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Chaos in Sri Lanka, China’s long shadow and rise of anti-democratic forces complicate India’s security challenge

India has, so far, played a cautious hand in Sri Lanka, not willing to make a commitment till a clearer picture emerges.

Sri Lanka Parliament votes against newly-appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in landmark floor test
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Sri Lanka Parliament votes against newly-appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in landmark floor test

In a major setback to President Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lankan parliament on Wednesday voted against newly-appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's government.

Sri Lanka's major political parties, EC member move SC against Maithripala Sirisena to challenge his dissolution of Parliament
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Sri Lanka's major political parties, EC member move SC against Maithripala Sirisena to challenge his dissolution of Parliament

Sirisena dissolved Parliament on 9 October and announced snap polls on 5 January next year after it became evident that he did not have enough support in the House to prove the premiership of 72-year-old Mahinda Rajapaksa, whom he has appointed prime minister after abruptly sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe on 26 October.

Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena says Parliament dissolved to prevent clashes among rival lawmakers
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Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena says Parliament dissolved to prevent clashes among rival lawmakers

In an address to the nation, Sirisena outlined the reasons for dissolving parliament almost two years ahead of schedule. Sirisena's decision was criticised by ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, some political parties and civil society groups as unconstitutional and illegal.

Uncertainty continues in Sri Lanka as President Maithripala Sirisena dissolves Parliament; all eyes now on Supreme Court
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Uncertainty continues in Sri Lanka as President Maithripala Sirisena dissolves Parliament; all eyes now on Supreme Court

The Sri Lanka Supreme Court's determination of any case brought before it may be key in deciding how long the current crisis will continue.

Dissolution of Sri Lankan Parliament extends political uncertainty in Colombo, but it has likely simplified things for New Delhi
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Dissolution of Sri Lankan Parliament extends political uncertainty in Colombo, but it has likely simplified things for New Delhi

What the electoral transfer of power in Sri Lanka does is take away India’s imperative of having to choose between two sides and presents a more straightforward script.

US 'deeply concerned' about dissolution of Sri Lanka's parliament; says political crisis will derail country's progress
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US 'deeply concerned' about dissolution of Sri Lanka's parliament; says political crisis will derail country's progress

The United States voiced concern on Saturday after Sri Lanka's president ordered snap elections, as lawmakers warned that US aid was in question. The incoming head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee warned Sirisena he was jeopardizing US assistance including a package under discussion through the Millennium Challenge Cooperation, which supports countries that observe democratic norms.

Behind Sri Lanka's political turmoil lies an India-China struggle for influence: New Delhi-Tokyo port project and Beijing's debt diplomacy
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Behind Sri Lanka's political turmoil lies an India-China struggle for influence: New Delhi-Tokyo port project and Beijing's debt diplomacy

India, the traditional power in the region, is muscling into port and other projects, pushing back hard against China. The big fear for India is that Sri Lanka, just off its southern coast and on one of the world’s busiest shipping routes, could become a Chinese military outpost.