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Bottles, chili paste thrown as Sri Lanka parliament descends into farce

Nov 16 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's parliament descended into chaos for a second day on Friday as lawmakers supporting newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa threw books, chili paste and water bottles at the speaker to try to disrupt a second no-confidence motion.

Sri Lanka, without prime minister and cabinet, grinds to political halt

Nov 15 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka appeared to be politically rudderless on Thursday as the speaker of parliament declared there was no functioning prime minister or cabinet after a no-confidence vote the previous day.

Sri Lanka showdown looms as new PM loses confidence vote

Nov 14 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's parliament passed a no-confidence motion against newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday, presenting a standoff with the opposition and throwing the country deeper into turmoil.

Sri Lanka unexpectedly raises rates to support currency as political crisis deepens

Nov 14 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's central bank unexpectedly raised its key policy rates on Wednesday, a move aimed at defending a faltering rupee currency as foreign capital outflows pick up amid an escalating political crisis and rising U.S. interest rates.

Sri Lanka PM, 44 ex-MPs defect from party led by president ahead of election

Nov 11 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's new prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and 44 former lawmakers have defected from the party led by President Maithripala Sirisena, splitting with the president barely two weeks after he installed Rajapaksa in office.

U.S. and others denounce dissolution of Sri Lanka parliament as undemocratic

Nov 10 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve parliament, worsening an already major political crisis, has drawn criticism from Western powers, including the United States and Britain.

Sri Lanka's president dissolves parliament, deepening political crisis

Nov 09 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved parliament on Friday night and called a general election for Jan. 5 in a move that will likely deepen the country's political crisis.

Sri Lankan Tamil parties reject president's call to support controversial new PM

Nov 09 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's main Tamil parties have turned down a call from President Maithripala Sirisena to support his newly appointed prime minister in a likely floor test in parliament this month, the parties said on Friday.

Behind Sri Lanka's turmoil, a China-India struggle for investments and influence

Nov 08 2018

COLOMBO Gleaming cranes stretch out on the waterfront in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo as Chinese companies construct a $1.5 billion new commercial district, including hotels, marinas and a motor racing track. They have already built a giant container terminal nearby and a huge port in the south.

Sri Lanka speaker says he won't accept Rajapaksa as PM without majority support

Nov 05 2018

COLOMBO The speaker of Sri Lanka's suspended parliament said on Monday he would not accept former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister unless Rajapaksa proves he has the backing of a majority of lawmakers.

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