Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Ajit Doval calls on Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, discusses ways to 'deepen' bilateral ties

Doval and Rajapaksa had a 'productive' discussion with him on the ways to diversify and deepen the bilateral relationship.

published on : 28th November 2020

The illegal spice route to Sri Lanka

After Rajapaksa assumed power late last year, he has been passing legislations aimed at fortifying the economy. 

published on : 13th November 2020

20A could be adopted by two thirds majority, says Sri Lanka Parliament Speaker

The clauses which need a referendum covers restoration of full legal immunity for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his ability to dissolve a parliament.

published on : 20th October 2020

Constitutional amendment needs public referendum, says Sri Lanka court

Parliament will debate the amendment on Wednesday and Thursday, and a vote on a rectified bill is scheduled for Thursday evening.

published on : 20th October 2020

Buddhist monks oppose Sri Lankan government's proposed 20A

They said that the 20A must be amended so as to retain the checks and balances of the presidency.

published on : 17th October 2020

Proposed bill boosting presidential powers to be placed in Sri Lankan Parliament next week

The government on September 2 gazetted 20A, the new proposed legislation that would replace the 19th Amendment that strengthened the role of Parliament.

published on : 18th September 2020

Sri Lankan govt gazettes 20A Constitution Amendment draft, restores full legal impunity to President

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa outlined his commitment to abolish the 19th Amendment during his ceremonial address to Parliament last month.

published on : 4th September 2020

Rajapaksa vows to abolish Sri Lankan constitution's 19th Amendment that curtails presidential powers

The 19A adopted in 2015 by the then reformist government was subject to much criticism by the Rajapaksa clan as it prevented dual citizens from contesting elections.

published on : 20th August 2020

Sri Lanka's new parliament set to open on August 20 after delays

At the inaugural session, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is due to present his policy statement of his government for the next five years.

published on : 16th August 2020

Sri Lanka appoints ex-military man Jayanath Colombage as new Foreign Secretary

62-year-old Colombage headed the Sri Lanka Navy between 2012 and 2014, and since November last year, he has been the foreign affairs advisor to President Rajapaksa.

published on : 14th August 2020

Modi congratulates Lanka's Rajapaksas on poll win, expresses confidence on strengthening ties

In a letter addressed to the two Rajapaksa brothers, Modi pointed out that he looks forward to working with them.

published on : 13th August 2020

Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka's man for all seasons

The 74-year-old has returned to power, with his newly-formed Sri Lanka People's Party scripting history by becoming the political party with the shortest life span to gain absolute power in the

published on : 9th August 2020

Sri Lanka's general election sees high voter turnout, Rajapaksa clan expected to win

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa hopes for a two-thirds majority for the SLPP in the general election so that he can amend the Constitution.

published on : 5th August 2020

Sri Lanka to resume repatriation flights from July 31

The government halted the repatriation of its citizens from various countries from July 14 in view of the increasing number of cases.

published on : 29th July 2020

Sri Lanka will withdraw from any international forum if 'war heroes' targeted: Gotabaya Rajapaksa

The UN rights body has passed three successive resolutions since 2013 calling for war crimes investigations on both government troops and the LTTE.

published on : 19th May 2020
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