Lanka government gives Gotabaya security, bungalow amid arrest calls after his return

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s ousted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been given special security and a state bungalow on his return to Colombo from Thailand where he fled amid protests over the country’s worst economic crisis, even as he faced calls for arrest from protesters and union leaders. Rajapaksa was garlanded with flowers by ministers and senior … Read more

Ousted Sri Lanka leader faces arrest calls after return

COLOMBO: Deposed Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa faced calls for his arrest Saturday after returning home from self-imposed exile under the protection of his successor’s government. Rajapaksa fled the island nation under military escort in July after a huge crowd stormed his official residence following months of demonstrations sparked by an unprecedented economic crisis. The … Read more

Sri Lanka’s ousted President Rajapaksa gets govt residence, security on return: Officials

Sri Lanka’s ousted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was provided on Saturday with an official residence and security by the government after he returned to the country he had fled in July during economic unrest, two senior officials said. Rajapaksa fled in the early hours of July 13 after massive protests engulfed Colombo and demonstrators enraged with … Read more

Sri Lanka’s ousted president Gotabaya Rajapaksa returns home after fleeing

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s former president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country in July after ten of thousands of protesters stormed his home and office in a display of anger over the country’s economic crisis, has returned to the country after seven weeks. Rajapaksa flew into Colombo’s Bandaranaike international airport around midnight Friday from Bangkok via … Read more

Former Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa will return next week: Local media

Sri Lanka’s former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa will return to the island nation next week after fleeing in July amid mass protests, local broadcaster Newsfirst reported on Wednesday, citing a former ambassador. Udayanga Weeratunga, a former Sri Lankan envoy to Russia who is related to Rajapaksa, said he will arrive in Sri Lanka on Aug. 24, … Read more

Not the time for Gotabaya Rajapaksa to return: Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s new president Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Sunday it was not the right time for former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa to return to the country as it could inflame political tensions, the Wall Street Journal reported. “I don’t believe it’s the time for him to return,” Wickremesinghe said in an interview with the Journal. … Read more

Sri Lankan Prez Wickremesinghe says his govt will focus on fixing economy, ending fuel shortage

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has said his government’s main priorities are to fix the country’s ailing economy and end the severe fuel shortage that has exacerbated after the last shipment under the Indian credit line arrived here in June. Addressing a gathering at his party headquarters on Wednesday, the newly-elected president said his … Read more

Ready to listen to democratic public protesters, says Sri Lanka’s newly-elected Prime Minister Gunawardena

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Wednesday said the government is ready to listen to the demands of democratic public protesters, but denounced acts of terrorism, calling it the “greatest threat to democracy.” Gunawardena, 73, an ally of the Rajapaksas and a school friend of the newly-elected President Ranil Wickremesinghewas sworn in … Read more

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka woos foreign oil firms amid fuel shortages

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka canvassed oil companies in petroleum-producing nations on Tuesday to import and sell their products in the Indian Ocean island, opening its market to resolve acute shortages of fuel during its worst economic crisis in decades. Depleted foreign exchange reserves have left the nation of 22 million unable to pay for imports of … Read more

Group seeks ex-Sri Lankan president’s arrest in Singapore

COLOMBO: A human rights group said Sunday it had filed a criminal complaint with Singapore’s attorney general to seek the arrest of Sri Lanka’s former president for alleged war crimes during his country’s civil war. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was bold from the office over his country’s economic collapse and fled to Singapore earlier this month. He … Read more