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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 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 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.

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.

No snap polls for Sri Lanka: SC overturns President Maithripala Sirisena's order on dissolution of Parliament
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No snap polls for Sri Lanka: SC overturns President Maithripala Sirisena's order on dissolution of Parliament

The three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice Nalin Perera read out the landmark decision to a packed court that was guarded by hundreds of heavily armed police and commandos.

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.

Ousted Sri Lanka prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's party to challenge dissolution of parliament in court
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Ousted Sri Lanka prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's party to challenge dissolution of parliament in court

Sri Lanka's parliament stands dissolved some 21 months ahead of its schedule in August 2020, amid a worsening constitutional crisis triggered by the surprise sacking of Wickremesinghe.

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

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.

Maithripala Sirisena, Mahinda Rajapaksa to decide on releasing Tamil prisoners 'soon', says Sri Lanka PM's son Namal
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Maithripala Sirisena, Mahinda Rajapaksa to decide on releasing Tamil prisoners 'soon', says Sri Lanka PM's son Namal

Mahinda Rajapaksa claims he has enough numbers to prove his majority and at least six of Wickremasinghe's men have defected to his side.

Maithripala Sirisena, Mahinda Rajapaksa to decide on fate of Tamil prisoners in Sri Lanka 'soon', says PM's son Namal
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Maithripala Sirisena, Mahinda Rajapaksa to decide on fate of Tamil prisoners in Sri Lanka 'soon', says PM's son Namal

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's legislator son Namal indicated that the long-held demand of the Tamil minority community in Sri Lanka to release all Tamil prisoners may be fulfilled soon, a move aimed at persuading the Tamil legislators to support Rajapaksa.

'Few desperate people can start a bloodbath': Sri Lanka's ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe issues stark warning
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'Few desperate people can start a bloodbath': Sri Lanka's ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe issues stark warning

Wickremesinghe, who has been holed up at the prime minister's official residence for more than a week as thousands of supporters gather outside, told AFP in an interview that "desperate people" could cause chaos on the Indian Ocean island.

Sri Lanka plunges into confusion as PM standoff leads to secretive 'negotiations' and MPs shifting allegiances
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Sri Lanka plunges into confusion as PM standoff leads to secretive 'negotiations' and MPs shifting allegiances

Confusion reigned on Thursday, with several contradictory dates being given for the re-convening of Parliament in Sri Lanka.

India, China nervous spectators in Sri Lanka's political crisis; analysts say island nation seeking to ensure 'balance of interests'
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India, China nervous spectators in Sri Lanka's political crisis; analysts say island nation seeking to ensure 'balance of interests'

India, a modest investor in power and railway projects in the north of the country - is meanwhile in talks to run Hambantota airport, another white-elephant project built with Chinese loans under Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena lifts suspension of Parliament; House to convene on 5 November to settle political crisis
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Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena lifts suspension of Parliament; House to convene on 5 November to settle political crisis

Sri Lanka Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya met President Maithripala Sirisena and urged him to convene Parliament to resolve the ongoing political crisis.

Sri Lankan Parliament may reconvene next week after top judge rejects sacking of ex-PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
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Sri Lankan Parliament may reconvene next week after top judge rejects sacking of ex-PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Speaker Jayasuriya held emergency talks with president Sirisena this evening to convince him on the need to reconvene parliament to try and end the current political impasse over the sacking of prime minister Wickremesinghe last Friday. The meeting came after Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya on Wednesday refused to endorse the president's dismissal of Wickremesinghe for former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa.