Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan politician, 8th and current President of Sri Lanka

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Sri Lankan politician, 8th and current President of Sri Lanka
Lieutenant Colonel Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, RWP, RSP, psc, GR is a Sri Lankan politician and former military officer currently serving as the 8th President of Sri Lanka since 2019. He has previously served as Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development from 2005 to 2015 under the administration of his elder brother former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, leading the Sri Lankan Armed Forces to the military defeat of the Tamil tigers, which ended the Sri Lankan Civil War.


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New SL Parliament to meet on Aug 20

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Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has summoned the new Parliament to meet on August 20 after the crucial general elections slated to take place on Wednesday, the Presidents Media..
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Sri Lanka's Rajapaksas hope to tighten grip on power in election

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By Arjuna Ranawana COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa hopes to tighten his hold on the nation's fractious politics in an election on Wednesday that could elevate his brother..
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India, Sri Lanka hold talks on Colombo's debt repayment

The matter was raised at the leadership level during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's telephonic conversation with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on May 23.
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India's new High Commissioner to Sri Lanka presents credential through video conferencing

Gopal Baglay, the new High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, on Thursday presented his credentials to President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa during a ceremony held here through video-conferencing, a first of..
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Covid-19: Sri Lanka extends curfew in high risk districts till May 4

Sri Lanka on Saturday extended the nationwide curfew in four high risk districts, including Colombo, till May 4 to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the country, President Gotabaya..
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PM Modi bats for joint Saarc strategy to fight coronavirus, gets prompt support from neighbours

Calling on SAARC member states to set an example for the world, Modi proposed a video conference of leaders of the countries to chalk out a strong strategy to fight coronavirus. His appeal got a prompt..
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How fear set in overnight in Sri Lanka

Many fear Gotabaya Rajapaksa's return to power will re-open old wounds, but most are too afraid to speak out.
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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inaugurates Sri Lanka Parliament

president gotabaya rajapaksa inaugurates sri lanka parliament
COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday emphasised on stronger ties with all countries and outlined his government's vision as he inaugurated the fourth sessions of the Parliament, a..
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Sri Lanka-India bilateral ties revitalised, will maintain warm relations with New Delhi: President Gotabaya

Sri Lanka's newly-elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Monday that his recent visit to India, his first foreign trip, has revitalised the historical ties between the two countries, vowing that..
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Tackling terror tops Modi-Gotabaya talks

India on Friday announced two separate lines of credit worth $450 million for Sri Lanka - $400 million for development assistance and $50 million for counter-terror cooperation -as PM Narendra Modi..
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa invites PM Modi to visit Sri Lanka

Addressing a joint press conference with PM Modi here, Rajapaksa said, "I am certainly very happy to be here because India is our closest neighbour as well as our long-standing friend. I would avail..
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India announces $400 million loan for Sri Lanka, in support of new president

India will lend Sri Lanka $400 million for infrastructure projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday after talks with the island nation's new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa aimed at improving..
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PM Modi announces $450 million financial assistance to Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced $450 million line of credit to Sri Lanka to strengthen its economy, including $50 million to fight terrorism after he held talks with the island..
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'Want to take relationship with India to a higher level,' says Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, meets PM Modi

The newly-elected Sri Lankan President also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's visit to India: All you need to know

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Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in New Delhi, to meet PM Modi today

In his first overseas tour after taking reins of Sri Lanka over a week ago, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit, signalling his intent to deepen bilateral ties with..
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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrives on three-day visit

Newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived here on Thursday, in his first foreign visit after taking reins of power in the island nation. On Friday, he will hold extensive talks with..
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Sri Lanka's new leader appoints his PM brother as Finance Minister

Sri Lanka's newly-elected leader Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, the current Prime Minister, as the interim government's new finance minister, state television showed in a..
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Sri Lanka's ruling siblings: New president swears in his brother as PM

Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday swore in his elder brother, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, as prime minister, cementing the powerful family's political comeback.
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Sri Lankan politics now a family business as brothers take over

sri lankan politics now a family business as brothers take over
Colombo — Newly elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa named his brother Mahinda as prime minister on Wednesday, cementing the grip on power of a clan credited with brutally crushing the..
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New Sri Lankan leader's brother to be sworn in as PM: spokesman

New Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's brother, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, will be sworn in as the country's new prime minister on Thursday, their party spokesman said on Wednesday.
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Former Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa seeks resignation of PM Wickremesinghe

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Sri Lanka’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought the resignation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after his younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa became the President. He..
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Blessed by Buddhist monks, Sri Lanka's new president prioritises security

The winner of Sri Lanka's presidential election, Gotabaya Rajapaksa made national security his top priority after being sworn in on Monday at an ancient temple in the north-central city of Anuradhapura..
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Sri Lanka's Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as new president

Sri Lanka’s new president and scourge of the Tamil Tigers Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday urged minorities unnerved by his election victory to work with him, as he was sworn in at a ceremony steeped in..
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PM Modi congratulates Sri Lanka's President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa on victory

The PM also reiterated India's commitment to continue to work with the government of Sri Lanka.
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PM Narendra Modi congratulates Gotabaya Rajapaksa for winning Sri Lankan polls, invites to visit India

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Sri Lanka election: Unity hard to achieve in divided country

Minorities fearful as controversial ex-defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is elected president.
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Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa wins presidency by big margin

Sri Lanka's former civil wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was declared the winner in the presidential election on Sunday, after promising to secure the country against militant threats..
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War hero or divisive figure: Who is Sri Lanka's President-elect Rajapaksa?

For Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese Buddhists, President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa is best placed to take on the hard challenge of defeating enemies of the state such as those who carried out deadly..
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Sri Lanka election body declares Rajapaksa winner of presidential poll

Sri Lanka's election commission declared former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the winner of the presidential election on Sunday.
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Sri Lanka president-elect Rajapaksa a war hero to some, a polarizing figure for others

For Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese Buddhists, president-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa is best-placed to take on the hard challenge of defeating enemies of the state such as those who carried out deadly..
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka's powerful new president

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a controversial figure in Sri Lanka credited for ending the prolonged civil war.
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2019

Polling booths opened across the country at 7 am on Saturday and it continued for 10 hours under tight security provided by 85,000 police Gotabaya Rajapaksa claims victory with huge majority
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Former Sri Lankan defence chief Rajapaksa to become president after rival concedes electoral defeat

Sri Lanka's former wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was set to become president after his main rival conceded defeat on Sunday in an election that came months after bombings by Islamist..
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Sri Lanka presidential election: Rajapaksa claims victory as count continues

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Sri Lanka’s former wartime defence minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared himself the winner of a tightly fought presidential election, after early results indicated he was ahead. The election took..
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Sri Lanka's Premadasa accepts defeat at presidential poll; steps down from party position

Sri Lanka's ruling party presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa on Sunday accepted defeat in the presidential poll and congratulated his rival former wartime defense chief, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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Sri Lanka election: Ex-defence chief Rajapaksa set to win vote

Sri Lanka's former wartime defence chief, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, declares victory in the race.
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Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa in close fight for president, early vote count shows

Sri Lanka's former wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was locked in a close fight with his main rival in a presidential election months after deadly militant attacks in the island, early results..
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