Wickremesinghe, who is the leader of the United National Party (UNP), has already served four terms as prime minister earlier. He was appointed by incumbent President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on May 12 after days of hectic political drama and deadly clashes that hit the streets with the President’s brother and former PM stepping down earlier this week
The PM resigned shortly after his supporters attacked anti-government protesters in Colombo, leading to over 150 injuries. Later in the day, violence broke out in many parts of the country
Which the current economic crisis has had a disastrous impact on the health sector, the conditions that will be imposed as part of a possible IMF deal could bring about long-term structural challenges
A profile of the soldier-turned-politician Gotabaya Rajapaksa, whose current regime has been under fire as the country’s economic crisis begins to take the shape of a humanitarian crisis
The decision to deploy military personnel comes after Sri Lanka reported four deaths in 48 hours in fuel queues this week as people lined up for hours outside filling stations after a sudden hike in prices of essential commodities.
The Pakistani government’s discussions with the IMF have hit a roadblock after it reduced fuel prices and announced a tax amnesty. Meanwhile, opposition parties have called for a no-confidence motion
Weeks of instability in the Nepali parliament finally resulted in the ratification of the USD 500 million grant deal with US agency Millennium Challenge Corporation. This was preceded by massive protests by political parties that are opposing the government’s deal, viewing it as a threat to Nepal’s sovereignty
After nearly 38 years since the military dictatorship of Zia ul Haq imposed a blanket ban on student unions in Pakistan, Sindh will become the first province to lift the ban if governor Imran Ismail gives his assent to the Sindh Student Unions Bill 2019
Hizbullah was arrested in April 2020 and accused of being involved in the 2019 Easter bombings in Sri Lanka. His release comes at a time when there is mounting global pressure on the Rajapaksa government to reform the existing anti-terror law in the country
The global economic sanctions that were imposed on the interim government of Taliban in August have led the country on the path of an economic collapse and deepened a nationwide humanitarian crisis with shortages of cash, food and electricity.
The annual Student Solidarity March, which was held on November 26, sought the withdrawal of the ban against student unions, as well as the reversal of fee hikes and an increase in the education budget
An Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi has indicted National Assembly member Ali Wazir and Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement chief Manzur Pashteen as offenders in a sedition case