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* Commonwealth poll monitors stress more inclusivity in Sri Lanka elections, condemn intimidation and violence

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- The Commonwealth Observer Group has commended the people of Sri Lanka for the largely peaceful, credible and orderly manner in which they cast their vote on 16 November 2019.
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* Sri Lanka's former prime minister D M Jayaratne passes away

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's former Prime Minister and veteran politician D.M Jayaratne passed away at the age of 88 at a private hospital in Kandy today. Jayaratne served as the 14th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 2010 to 2015 in the government of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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* Speaker to decide on government within this week after party leaders' meeting

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and other party leaders, along with many other Members of Parliament, discussed with the Speaker of parliament Karu Jayasuriya the manner in which the proceedings of Parliament should take place after the new President elected on the 16th of this month was sworn in.
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* Sri Lanka President accepts invitation to visit India

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has accepted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to visit India as the two countries look forward to further strengthen the bilateral relations under the new administration.
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* New President to assume office today

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- The newly appointed President of Sri Lanka Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will assume duties today (19) at the Presidential Secretariat. Former Treasury Secretary Dr. PB Jayasundara is to be appointed as the Secretary to the President.
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* Will march forward and contest general elections: Mahesh Senanayake

Nov 19 (DM) While saying that the Presidential election was not the end of their political journey but the beginning, Presidential candidate, former Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake said they as a group of intellectuals and professionals with the National People’s Party would contest any election in time to come including the general elections.
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* Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election Brings Back a Polarising Wartime Figure

Nov 19 (ICG) Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decisive victory in Sri Lanka’s presidential election reflects voters’ concerns over security, poor economic prospects and ineffective governance – but also indicates the country’s dangerous ethnic polarisation. Many worry that Rajapaksa, a Sinhalese nationalist, will energise anti-Muslim campaigning and further alienate the Tamil community.
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* PM hopes for independent commissions to continue in the future

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe today (Nov 18) said his government hopes that the system of establishing independent commissions, will be safeguarded in the future.
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* ACMC leader expects the new President to uphold unity and reconciliation among all communities

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- The leader of All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) and Minister Rishad Bathiudeen congratulating the new President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa expressed hope that the new leader will uphold the unity and reconciliation among all communities in the country.
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* EU EOM says Sri Lanka election is peaceful and technically well-managed, but affected by media bias

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- The European Union election observation mission (EU EOM) has concluded that Sri Lanka's presidential election was largely free of violence and technically well-managed.
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* Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as the 7th Executive President of Sri Lanka

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- The winner of the 2019 Presidential Election, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as the seventh Executive President of Sri Lanka this morning (November 18) during a ceremony held at the foot of the Ruwanweli Seya in Anuradhapura amid Maha Sangha and a large crowd.
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* Sri Lanka ruling party parliamentarians to meet today to decide on government

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Following the victory of the opposition candidate, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the 2019 presidential elections, all members of parliament of Sri Lanka's ruling party will meet this afternoon to decide on the next step for the government led by the leader of the ruling United National Party (UNP) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
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* Sri Lanka's new President to be sworn-in at Ruwanweli Seya today

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be sworn in as the seventh Executive President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka at the Ruwanweli Seva Maha Viharaya in Anuradhapura this morning (18). Before taking oaths, he will observe religious rituals at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and the Ruwanweli Seya this morning.
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* China welcomes new Sri Lankan president, and old friend, Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Nov 18 (HT) China on Monday congratulated the newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, saying Beijing is ready to work with the new leadership for "high-quality" cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the ambitious intercontinental connectivity project launched by President Xi Jinping.
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* Sri Lanka election: Unity hard to achieve in divided country

Nov 18 (BBC) As news broke of Gotabaya Rajapaksa's win, supporters and party workers gathered at headquarters. The mood was cautious but many here are relieved to see the Rajapaksa family back in office.
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* Major parties in Tamil Nadu silent on Sri Lankan presidential election results

Nov 18 (NIE) CHENNAI: Even 12 hours after the outcome of Sri Lanka elections, major political parties in Tamil Nadu have remained silent, except MDMK general secretary Vaiko and PMK founder S Ramadoss. Vaiko termed the victory of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa 'a bad day in Sri Lankan history and sad day for Tamils'.
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* Minister Harsha de Silva resigns from post

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha de Silva has also resigned from his ministerial post with immediate effect.
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* Sri Lankan President to visit India on 29th November

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on an invitation extended by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's will visit India on 29th November.
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* US calls on new Sri Lanka leader to ensure accountability, respect for human rights

Nov 19 (CP) Washington,DC- The United States called on Sri Lanka's new president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, to uphold commitments to ensure accountability, respect for human rights, and non-recurrence of violence.
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* Only State emblem will be displayed at government instructions, no President's image

Nov 19 (CP) Colombo- With Gotabhaya Rajapaksa assuming duties as the seventh executive President, on the new president's instructions it has been decided to display the State emblem at the government institutions instead of the customary President's image.
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* Sri Lanka´s new president may struggle to form government

Nov 19 (AP) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka´s newly elected president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, may struggle to consolidate his victory. With many executive powers clipped and the opposition in control of a powerful Parliament, the former defense official who inspires respect but also fear may have difficulty assembling a government.
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* India to keep a watch on Sri Lanka’s behaviour after Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s win

Nov 19 (Statesman) India will adopt a "wait and watch" approach on Sri Lanka following the victory of Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the presidential election even as it is hopeful that the new dispensation will not allow any foreign military asset (read China) in the island nation which could have implications for New Delhi's strategic interests.
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* Ruling party parliamentarians agree to dissolve Sri Lanka parliament

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- The ruling United National Party (UNP)'s parliamentary group at its meeting today with the party leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has agreed on a proposal to dissolve Parliament, party sources said.
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* EU looks forward to work with Sri Lanka President to bring whole country together

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- The European Union noting that Sri Lanka's election process was peaceful and confirmed the stability of the democratic institutions said it looks forward to work with the new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to continue improving the human rights, reconciliation and good governance.
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* U.S. ready to continue its work with the new President of Sri Lanka

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- The United States congratulating the People of Sri Lanka on their democratic presidential election expressed its readiness to working with the new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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* Iran congratulates Sri Lanka on successful presidential elections

Nov 18 (CP) Teheran- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi has congratulated the Sri Lankan nation and president-elect on holding presidential elections successfully.
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* Patali Champika Ranawaka resigns from minister post

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka has resigned from his ministerial portfolio with effect from today (Nov 18).
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* Minister Kabir Hashim resigns from ministerial portfolio, UNP chairmanship

Nov 18 (CP) Colombo- Minister of Highways & Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development and Chairman of the United National Party (UNP) Kabir Hashim has decided to resign from his ministerial portfolio as well as from the party post as the Chairman with immediate effect.
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* Gotabaya Rajapaksa likely to appoint his brother Mahinda as Sri Lanka PM

Nov 18 (One India) New Delhi- Sri Lanka's controversial wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa will lead the country after ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa conceded the hotly contested presidential poll on Sunday, marking the return of the powerful Rajapaksa dynasty known for its pro-China tilt, amidst security challenges following the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed 269 people.
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* EC chief asks Gota to help hold PC polls which were caused to disappear

Nov 18 (Island) A smiling Head of the Elections Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday urged president elect, Gotabaya Rajapaksa to hold provincial council elections, which had been made to ‘disappear.’
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* Several Ministers urge PM to step down

Nov 18 (DM) A few Cabinet ministers are reported to have requested Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to step down from his office making way for President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa to form a government in conformity with the mandate he received at the election.
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