Sri Lanka's PM defeats ex-president in elections

Ruling party wins parliamentary polls, dashing former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's hopes of becoming prime minister.

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Sri Lanka's new political path

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has failed to make a comeback with his defeat in the country's general elections.


Sri Lanka PM claims victory over ex-president in polls

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's attempt to stage a comeback in parliamentary elections has ended in defeat.


Election voices: Sri Lankans' hopes for their nation

Voting for new parliament closes, in virtual referendum on former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa's comeback bid.


Sri Lanka heads to the polls

Vote viewed as referendum for former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was swept from power in January.


Sri Lanka's ex-leader eyes comeback in parliament polls

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa seeking prime minister's post by running as one of the 225 members of parliament.


Will Rajapaksa make a political comeback in Sri Lanka?

The former president will contest Monday's poll for a seat in Sri Lanka's parliament.


Sri Lanka's former leader Rajapaksa remains defiant

Rajapaksa says his election defeat was a conspiracy as parliament prepares to debate bill limiting presidential powers.


Thousands rally for ex-Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa

At least 20,000 people gather in Colombo urging former leader to return to politics a month after his electoral defeat.


Sri Lanka ends military training for school teachers

New government says widely unpopular compulsory training for teachers and undergraduate students is "not necessary".

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Is Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa in trouble?

Having called an election two years before it was due, president now faces a real challenge in Thursday's poll.

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Clinging to power in Sri Lanka?

President Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks an unprecedented third term in office as his popularity dwindles.


Buddhist party quits Sri Lanka government

JHU accuses President Rajapaksa of refusing to curb powers and carry out democratic reforms before fresh elections.


Solheim says Sri Lanka aware of rebel funding

Norwegian envoy says Mahinda Rajapaksa was aware of payments to LTTE to aid peace process after president denounced him.

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Mahinda Rajapaksa: 'This is all propaganda'

Sri Lanka's president discusses a recent UN report accusing him of pushing the country into an authoritarian direction.