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Sri Lanka to Move Away From China and Toward Economic Integration With India
September 21, 2022

Sri Lanka to Move Away From China and Toward Economic Integration With India

By P.K. Balachandran
In a recent address, President Wickremesinghe defended the Chinese-built Hambantota port but pledged to address India’s security concerns.

Sri Lanka Refuses International Human Rights Investigation
September 06, 2022

Sri Lanka Refuses International Human Rights Investigation

By Krishan Francis
While the government says it is willing to engage with the international community to seek closure of human rights issues, any solution should conform to the country's constitution.
Sri Lanka’s President Says IMF Talks Nearing Successful End
August 30, 2022

Sri Lanka’s President Says IMF Talks Nearing Successful End

By Krishan Francis and Bharatha Mallawarachi
President Ranil Wickremesinghe said his government will soon start negotiating debt restructuring with countries that provide loans to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Leader Proposes 25-year Plan for Crisis-hit Nation
August 03, 2022

Sri Lanka Leader Proposes 25-year Plan for Crisis-hit Nation

By Krishan Francis
Wickremesinghe said the government's aim is to create a surplus in the primary budget by the year 2025 and to bring down public debt.

Sri Lanka’s New President Cracks Down on Protests as Challenges Mount
July 26, 2022

Sri Lanka’s New President Cracks Down on Protests as Challenges Mount

By Luke Hunt
Ranil Wickremesinghe's use of troops to dismantle protest camps in Colombo sends out a chilling message.

Rocky Road Ahead for Ranil Wickremesinghe
July 25, 2022

Rocky Road Ahead for Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The recently elected Sri Lankan president has started badly, by using troops to forcibly vacate protest sites in Colombo.

Wickremesinghe Faces Steep Challenges as Sri Lanka’s President
July 22, 2022

Wickremesinghe Faces Steep Challenges as Sri Lanka’s President

By Krishan Francis and Elaine Kurtenbach
Hours after his swearing-in, he sent troops and police to force protesters out of the main protest sites in Colombo.
Ranil Wickremesinghe Elected Sri Lanka’s New President
July 20, 2022

Ranil Wickremesinghe Elected Sri Lanka’s New President

By Krishan Francis
Widely seen to be an ally of the Rajapaksas, his election could reignite fresh protests on the restive island.

It’s a 3-Horse Race for the Presidency in Sri Lanka
July 19, 2022

It’s a 3-Horse Race for the Presidency in Sri Lanka

By Krishan Francis
Parliamentarians will vote on Wednesday to decide who will succeed ousted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the island last week.

Wickremesinghe Becomes Sri Lanka’s Interim President
July 15, 2022

Wickremesinghe Becomes Sri Lanka’s Interim President

By Krutika Pathi, Krishan Francis, and Bharatha Mallawarachi
He will remain in the post until Parliament elects a new president to serve out the remainder of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s term, ending in 2024.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Flees Sri Lanka
July 13, 2022

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Flees Sri Lanka

By Krishan Francis and Krutika Pathi
Public ire turns against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has been appointed acting president.
The Rajapaksa Regime Is Gone. What Next for Sri Lanka?
July 12, 2022

The Rajapaksa Regime Is Gone. What Next for Sri Lanka?

By P.K. Balachandran
“Gota” is finally gone, but ending Sri Lanka’s chronic instability will be an even harder task than ousting the Rajapaksas.

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