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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, technocrat, military officer, who is the current President of Sri Lanka. He 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, ending the Sri Lankan Civil War.

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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..
IndiaTimes - Published

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..
IndiaTimes - Published

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Sri Lanka's election results worry ethnic Tamil [Video]Sri Lanka's election results worry ethnic Tamil

Winner Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s support dips in majority Tamil areas, where people have not forgotten his role in the civil war.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:52Published

Sri Lanka politics: Rajapaksa brothers take top jobs [Video]Sri Lanka politics: Rajapaksa brothers take top jobs

Sri Lanka's newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sworn in his brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:54Published

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa swears in brother as PM [Video]Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa swears in brother as PM

The brothers, who were credited with ending civil war in 2009, come back to power on promise to boost national security.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:13Published

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president [Video]Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president

As the first retired military officer to assume the office, Rajapaksa has pledged to give national security a priority.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published

Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka election [Video]Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka election

Former defence chief ran a campaign for Saturday's vote on providing strong leadership and improving national security.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 07:35Published

 

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..
IndiaTimes - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

'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.
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's visit to India: All you need to know


IndiaTimes - Published

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..
IndiaTimes - Published

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..
IndiaTimes - Published Also reported by •DNA

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
DNA - Published

PM Narendra Modi congratulates Gotabaya Rajapaksa for winning Sri Lankan polls, invites to visit India


IndiaTimes - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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
DNA - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa set to become president after rival concedes defeat

Sri Lanka's former wartime defense 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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

A Presidential election you need to follow

Sri Lanka's presidential polls begin Saturday with incumbent Maithripala Sirisena, not in the fray, which means no matter who wins, India will have to deal with a new President while wrestling China in..
IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lanka presidential race tightens as minorities seek to stop Rajapaksa

Sri Lankans elect a new president on Saturday in a "finely balanced" race between the early favorite, former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and government minister Sajith Premadasa, who has gained..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka ex-defense chief launches presidential campaign, pledges safer nation

Sri Lanka's former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday formally launched his presidential campaign, promising strong national security measures if he wins the Nov. 16 election in the island..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lankan court dismisses challenge to presidential candidate Rajapaksa's citizenship

A Sri Lankan court on Friday dismissed a legal challenge to presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa's Sri Lankan citizenship, removing a major barrier he faced in contesting the Nov. 16 poll.
Reuters - Published

Sri Lankan presidential nominee Rajapaksa faces court test over nationality

A court in Sri Lanka set up a three-judge panel on Monday to hear a petition challenging the citizenship of presidential nominee Gotabaya Rajapaksa, which could disqualify the hardline former defense..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka presidential frontrunner loses bid to get corruption case dismissed

Sri Lanka's top court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa to dismiss corruption charges against him, in a possible blow to the frontrunnner's candidacy.
Reuters - Published

In Sri Lanka, a polarizing politician reaches out to minorities but suspicion lingers

Sri Lanka presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been a polarizing figure for much of his political life. It is an image he is trying to change.
Reuters - Published

Many Sri Lankans want a strongman leader, and that favors Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lankans, angered by the government's inability to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people, want a strongman back in power who can guarantee their safety and bring..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lankan presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa renounces U.S. citizenship

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a key politician in Sri Lanka's civil war, has renounced U.S. citizenship, paving the way for him to make a bid on his country's presidency.
Reuters - Published

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