Maithripala Sirisena
Country-wide curfew declared in Sri Lanka following anti-Muslim riots

One man was killed and several buildings were destroyed in the riots. A curfew has been imposed in the North-Western Province, and social networking websites have been blocked for an unspecified period

Sri Lanka declares national emergency as doubts remain over group behind church attacks

The government claims the National Thowheeth Jamaath is responsible for the attacks on Easter, which killed over 300 people. However, it also admits that such a small group could not have carried out the attacks on its own

Sri Lankan plantation workers seek reinstatement of dismissed union leaders

Three weeks have passed since five union leaders of plantation workers of ATG Ceylon company in Sri Lanka were dismissed on charges of organizing a blood donation camp without prior permission from their employer

Amid chaos, Sri Lankan parliament votes out Rajapaksa government

The vote was a huge blow for president Maithripala Sirisena and Rajapaksa, who was appointed prime minister in a move that has been termed unconstitutional

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lankan PM

Rajapaksa’s presidency saw the brutal suppression of the armed group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), massive human rights violations against the Tamil community, a huge rise in Sinhala ethnic chauvinism and a crackdown on media.