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Culprits of 2019 attacks in Sri Lanka’s politics, police: Cardinal Ranjith
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Culprits of 2019 attacks in Sri Lanka’s politics, police: Cardinal Ranjith

The perpetrators of the heinous 2019 Easter Sunday attacks have either integrated with the country's political fraternity or employed with the police force, Sri Lanka's Catholic Church Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has said, as he accused the previous governments of turning a blind eye to the country's worst act of terrorism. Cardinal Ranjith, while delivering a sermon at the festive mass held on Sunday to mark the annual feast of St. James Church in Mutuwal, urged the public to look at the fate of the rule of law within the country, news portal newsfirst.lanka reported. The Archbishop of Colombo hailed Sri Lanka a 'Dh...
Sri Lankan president flees the country amid economic crisis
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Sri Lankan president flees the country amid economic crisis

The president of Sri Lanka fled the country early Wednesday, days after protesters stormed his home and office and the official residence of his prime minister amid a three-month economic crisis that triggered severe shortages of food and fuel.President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his wife and two bodyguards left aboard a Sri Lankan Air Force plane bound for the city of Male, the capital of the Maldives, according to an immigration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.Rajapaksa had agreed to step down under pressure. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he would leave once a new government was in place. Lawmakers agreed to elect a new president next week but struggled Tuesday to decide on the ma...
I can turn around Sri Lanka’s economy: PM Ranil Wickremesinghe | Politics News
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I can turn around Sri Lanka’s economy: PM Ranil Wickremesinghe | Politics News

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Ranil Wickremesinghe, the newly appointed prime minister of crisis-hit Sri Lanka, has said he is confident he can turn the economy around – but cautioned it will take 18 months before stability returns. “The year 2023 is going to be difficult, but by 2024 things should pick up,” Wickremesinghe told Al Jazeera last week [Thursday] in a wide-ranging interview at his official residence in the capital, Colombo. The 73-year-old leader, who in May became prime minister for the sixth time, said that he took up the job under extraordinary circumstances. “We had nearly two days without a government; things were getting out of hand,” he said, recalling the mass protests over shortages of fuel and electricity that forced Mahinda Rajapaksa, his predecessor and the brother of Presi...