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How Sri Lanka’s Crisis Hurts 8,000 Miles Away
June 02, 2022

How Sri Lanka’s Crisis Hurts 8,000 Miles Away

By Sandhira Wijayaratne
One member of the Sri Lankan diaspora reflects on the agony of watching his motherland lurch from crisis to crisis. 

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Family Falls From Grace
May 13, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Family Falls From Grace

By David Rising and Krutika Pathi
President Gotabaya, who is the last Rajapaksa still clinging to national office, has not been seen outside his heavily guarded compound.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Resigns After Weeks of Protests
May 09, 2022

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Resigns After Weeks of Protests

By Krishan Francis and Bharatha Mallawarachi
Mahinda Rajapaksa is the fourth member of the Rajapaksa clan to step down since the political crisis worsened in late March.

Sri Lanka Government Wins Parliament Vote Amid Protests
May 05, 2022

Sri Lanka Government Wins Parliament Vote Amid Protests

By Bharatha Mallawarachi
Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, backed by the ruling coalition led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was re-elected deputy speaker after having resigned in April.

Sri Lanka Opposition Declares No Confidence in Government
May 04, 2022

Sri Lanka Opposition Declares No Confidence in Government

By Krishan Francis
A majority vote in the 225-member Parliament would be needed to remove Rajapaksa and the Cabinet from power. 

Lawmaker: Sri Lanka President Agrees to Remove Brother as Prime Minister
April 29, 2022

Lawmaker: Sri Lanka President Agrees to Remove Brother as Prime Minister

By Krishan Francis
MP (and former president) Sirisena says Gotabaya Rajapaksa has agreed to a national council and a new prime minister; the prime minister's spokesperson said that had not been communicated yet.

Rajapaksas’ Unpopularity Surges as Debt Crisis Worsens
April 28, 2022

Rajapaksas’ Unpopularity Surges as Debt Crisis Worsens

By Krutika Pathi and Krishan Francis
But Sri Lanka's ruling family is refusing to heed the demand for their resignation.
Bhavani Fonseka Explains Sri Lanka’s Protests
April 26, 2022

Bhavani Fonseka Explains Sri Lanka’s Protests

By Shannon Tiezzi
“The political and economic crisis have exposed the multiple failures of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa presidency.”

Sri Lankan President and PM Locked in a Tug-of-War
April 26, 2022

Sri Lankan President and PM Locked in a Tug-of-War

By Sudha Ramachandran
Under pressure from the people to resign, Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa are scheming separately, each to sink the other to save his own seat.

Sri Lanka’s Protests Transcend Ethnic, Religious Divisions
April 20, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Protests Transcend Ethnic, Religious Divisions

By Tasnim Nazeer
The united voices of the people must be heard: “Gota Must Go.”

Sri Lanka Opposition Rejects Proposed Unity Government
April 05, 2022

Sri Lanka Opposition Rejects Proposed Unity Government

By Krishan Francis
On Sunday, after large protests, all 26 Cabinet ministers resigned. President Rajapaksa's proposed unity government was refused and protests continue.
The Rajapaksa Dynasty in Sri Lanka: Democracy in Decline
August 01, 2021

The Rajapaksa Dynasty in Sri Lanka: Democracy in Decline

By Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu
COVID-19, an economic crisis, and a majoritarian dynasty at the helm: Sri Lanka’s future hangs in the balance.

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