Political Parties Trying Hard to Share the Spoils by Forming an Alternative Govt After Protests by the People Result in Resignation Announcements by President Rajapaksa and Premier Wickremesinghe

By Meera Srinivasan Political parties in Sri Lanka are scrambling to form an all-party government, a day after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pledged to resign in the wake of a historic citizens’ protest. Sri Lankans are living through a harrowing economic collapse, where anti-government protests persisted for three months over the government’s failure to address or arrest the long-simmering crisis In a culmination of people’s agitations spanning months, massive crowds on Saturday thronged Colombo’s seafront, where anti-government protests persisted for three months over the government’s failure…

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The Victory Of Aragalaya: What Actually Happened To Gota & Ranil?

By W A Wijewardena – Dr. W.A Wijewardena Ranil’s revelation in Parliament Two weeks ago, Prime Minister and Finance Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament and the country that Sri Lanka’s economy had collapsed. This was widely quoted in local as well as foreign media. Probably, he had been asking for forgiveness for his failure because he was not able to deliver anything that he had promised, or his close supporters had expected of him. Valid reasons for the assertion that economy had collapsed But he had valid economic reasons to make that…

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa returns

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who had reportedly fled on a ship after thousands stormed his official residence in Colombo, has now returned to shore. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena had said earlier that the President left to a “nearby” country. He later withdrew his statement saying he had made a mistake. However, some media reports said that the President had boarded a ship soon after the incidents on Saturday and remained in Sri Lankan waters before returning today. He is expected to leave Sri Lanka soon after resigning on Wednesday. The President…

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GotaGoGama activists issue 6 immediate demands

The GotaGoGama activists on Saturday issued six immediate demands from all political parties and a future President, Prime Minister and Government.  They proclaimed their demands addressing the people and media from the President’s House. In their statement GGG activists said the following. The following Action Plan articulates the supreme purpose archived by the historic Sri Lankan people’s uprising, launched on the demand that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his entire brutal Government resign with immediate effect; drafted with deep respect for the various views of the multitudes who have joined the…

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GOTHA leaves the country

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has left the country for overseas, the Daily Mirror learns. Rajapaksa who was aboard a naval vessel within the territorial waters of Sri Lanka following the July 9 protest, left the country today.  Rajapaksa will resign from the Presidency on July 13 following which Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be sworn in as the President for a temporary period of time. (Jamila Husain)

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India must give military help to Sri Lanka

Both Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa were elected in a free election with a thumping majority If Rajapaksa wants India’s military help, we must give Rajya Sabha MP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart Dr Subramanian Swamy said India must give military help to Sri Lanka. Dr. Swamy who is well versed in Sri Lankan politics and a close friend of the Rajapaksa family, asked in a Twitter message how India could allow a mob to overturn a legitimate election. “Both Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa were elected in a free election…

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Swamy wants Indian military to save Rajapaksas

Senior Indian BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has suggested to send Indian Military to support Rajapaksa family in Sri Lanka. “Both Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksha were elected in a free election with thumping majority. How can India allow a mob to overturn such a legitimate election?” he questioned on Twitter. “Then no democratic country in our neighbourhood will be safe. If Rajapaksa wants India’s military help we must give” he added. Subramaniam Swamy is a close friend of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (NewsWire)

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Sri Lanka uprising: A new social contract

July, as a month in the modern history of Sri Lanka, had a different meaning altogether until July 9, 2022. Previously, it either brought back dark memories of the 1983 July pogrom against Tamils or the ethnically and politically divided sentiments of the blood-stained end of the civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE in July 2009. However, July 9, 2022, now appears as a moment that victoriously marked a new civic beginning of the history of the island nation. I must say it was not an…

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Sri Lankan opposition parties in talks after protesters ransack capital

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Sri Lanka Latest: Succession in Focus After Tumultuous Weekend

By Anusha Ondaatjie and Asantha Sirimanne11 July 2022 at 04:17 BSTUpdated on11 July 2022 at 07:13 BST Share this article Follow the authors+ Get alerts forAnusha Ondaatjie+ Get alerts forAsantha Sirimanne In this article IOCLINDIAN OIL CORP72.45INR-0.25-0.34%INRIndian Rupee Spot79.4138INR+0.1600+0.2019%1864111DLANDEDPrivate CompanyCL1WTI Crude102.59USD/bbl.-2.20-2.10%Open Sri Lanka’s opposition parties are trying to cobble together an all-party government and pick candidates who can take over after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe agreed to step down, giving in to popular pressure in a country struggling to pay for essentials.   Rajapaksa will step…

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‘The family took over’: how a feuding ruling dynasty drove Sri Lanka to ruin

The inside story of Rajapaksa family infighting that toppled a country into violence and bankruptcy Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Colombo Thu 7 Jul 2022 05.00 BST Dilith Jayaweera can still recall the moment he realised Sri Lanka was hurtling, unstoppably, towards financial ruin. It was around October 2021 and Jayaweera, a Sri Lankan media magnate and close friend of the Sri Lankan president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had invited Basil Rajapaksa, the president’s younger brother, who was also the finance minister, to join him for dinner. There was little love lost between Basil Rajapaksa and Jayaweera,…

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UK Guardian publishes extensive report of how SL plunged into the present mess

In a wide ranging Colombo datelined story published on Thursday, The Guardian, the widely respected British newspaper, has laid bare the inside story of Sri Lanka’s current predicament in a report headlined “‘The family took over:’ how a feuding ruling dynasty drove Sri Lanka to ruin.” Written by Hanah Ellis-Peterson the report offers damning quotes from several former cabinet ministers who voted for the 20th Amendment enhancing President Gotabaya Rajapaksas powers but now publicly rue what they have done. It also quotes media and advertising magnate, Dilith Jayaweera, described as…

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