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UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka central bank keeps policy rates on hold, as expected

29 Nov 2019

COLOMBO, Nov 29 Sri Lanka's central bank left its key interest rates unchanged on Friday, as widely expected, two days after the new government announced major tax cuts to boost economic growth that has fallen to a near two-decade low.

Sri Lanka's ruling siblings - New president swears in his brother as PM

22 Nov 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday swore in his elder brother, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, as prime minister, cementing the powerful family's political comeback.

Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa to be sworn in as PM by his brother

20 Nov 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's newly elected president is set to name his brother and current opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa as interim prime minister, a party spokesman said on Wednesday, just hours after the sitting premier said he plans to step down.

Sri Lanka prime minister to resign: government sources

20 Nov 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will announce on Wednesday he is stepping down after his party's candidate lost in a presidential election over the weekend, two government sources said.

A hospital and clean water - China on the charm offensive in Sri Lanka

20 Nov 2019

POLONARRUWA, Sri Lanka Amid the lush paddy fields of central Sri Lanka, a large, state-of-the-art hospital rises between the cranes and cement mixers.

Sri Lanka president-elect Rajapaksa a war hero to some, a polarizing figure for others

17 Nov 2019

COLOMBO For Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese Buddhists, president-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa is best-placed to take on the hard challenge of defeating enemies of the state such as those who carried out deadly Easter Sunday attacks early this year.

Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa wins presidency by big margin

17 Nov 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's former civil wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was declared the winner in the presidential election on Sunday, after promising to secure the country against militant threats following Easter bombings this year. | Video

Polls close in Sri Lanka presidential poll marred by violence

16 Nov 2019

COLOMBO Polls have closed in Sri Lanka where elections were held on Saturday for a new president of the tourism-dependent island nation still struggling to recover from the Easter Sunday militant attacks which killed more than 250 people.

Explainer: Sri Lanka's presidential election, by numbers and issues

15 Nov 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka will pick a new president in a vote on Saturday that comes months after Easter Sunday attacks by Islamic State that raised fears over the safety of the tiny island, undermined investor confidence and choked its economy.

Explainer: Sri Lanka's presidential election, by numbers and issues

15 Nov 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka will pick a new president in a vote on Saturday that comes months after Easter Sunday attacks by Islamic State that raised fears over the safety of the tiny island, undermined investor confidence and choked its economy.

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