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Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Returns to Sri Lanka
September 08, 2022

Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Returns to Sri Lanka

By Arundathie Abeysinghe
The government is concerned about renewed protests against the unpopular former leader, while opposition figures worry Rajapaksa will try to find a way to re-enter politics.

A Brief History of Sri Lanka’s President’s House
July 23, 2022

A Brief History of Sri Lanka’s President’s House

By Jeffrey Hyland
The fascinating history of the opulent building that became ground zero for Sri Lanka’s protests.
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.

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.

Sri Lankans Storm President’s House, Office in Biggest Rally Yet
July 09, 2022

Sri Lankans Storm President’s House, Office in Biggest Rally Yet

By Krishan Francis
Protesters had successfully demanded the prime minister’s resignation, but they want his brother gone from the presidency as well.

Sri Lanka Holds its Breath as New PM Fights to Save Economy
June 06, 2022

Sri Lanka Holds its Breath as New PM Fights to Save Economy

By Bharatha Mallawarachi and Krutika Pathi
Financial hardship persists but there is growing hope among Sri Lankans that Ranil Wickremsinghe will see them through the tough times.

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 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 Police Open Fire on Protesters; 1 Dead, 10 Injured
April 20, 2022

Sri Lanka Police Open Fire on Protesters; 1 Dead, 10 Injured

By Krishan Francis and Bharatha Mallawarachi
It was the first shooting by security forces amid weeks of protests against the Rajapaksa government and a worsening economic crisis.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Offers to Meet With Protesters
April 13, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Offers to Meet With Protesters

By Krishan Francis
But protestors are unimpressed. They want the ruling Rajapaksa clan to go.

Sri Lanka Halts Debt Repayment Pending IMF Bailout Plan
April 12, 2022

Sri Lanka Halts Debt Repayment Pending IMF Bailout Plan

By Krishan Francis
Sri Lankans for the past months have been enduring shortages of fuel, food, and other essentials and daily power outages.
Sri Lanka’s Oppressive Stability Starts to Crumble
April 12, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Oppressive Stability Starts to Crumble

By Isha Gupta
Facing Sri Lanka's worst economic crisis, the Rajapaksa family's appeals to national security and Sinhala Buddhist nationalism may no longer be enough to keep them in power.

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