SRI LANKA PRESIDENT

  • Maithripala Sirisena to be sworn-in as Sri Lanka's new President on today January 9, 2015

    Colombo: Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lankan President-elect, will be sworn-in on Friday evening following his stunning victory in the tightest-ever presidential race that ended the 10-year-rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said the swearing in ceremony will be held at 6 PM in the Independence Monument in Colombo. "The new...
  • Sri Lanka voting ends with high turn out; incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces tough test January 8, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lankans on Thursday voted in large numbers in the bitterly contested presidential election in which incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa is seeking a record third term against his friend-turned-foe Maithripala Sirisena, with an unusually high voter turnout in Tamil and Muslim areas. Election officials estimated more than 65-70 per cent voting...
  • Rajapaksa's ruling coalition sweeps polls in south October 11, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling coalition has recorded a strong victory at the polls in his native south, helped by his popularity after defeating Tamil Tiger rebels in a 25year war. The president's coalition won 38 seats in the 55member council of Southern Province in Saturday's poll, election officials...