The unexpectedly strong showing could lead to defections away from the centre-left party led by President Maithripala Sirisena, a partner in the country's coalition government, analysts said, creating instability in the legislature. The local polls were the first elections since the unity government of Sirisena's centre-left Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's centre-right United National Party (UNP) took office in August 2015.
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in on Friday as Sri Lanka's prime minister after winning a general election, and agreed with President Maithripala Sirisena's party to form a national unity government to push ahead...
COLOMBO (Reuters) - The head of Sri Lanka's anti-corruption body resigned on Monday, government officials said, days after President Maithripala Sirisena implied her agency was favoring the rival party of his prime minister.
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday promised a new era of clean government, capitalising on a strong voter mandate for a government of national unity to pursue economic and political reforms.
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's war-time president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has signed nomination papers to fight an Aug. 17 election as part of a coalition led by President Maithripala Sirisena, Rajapaksa's spokesman said on Friday.