Lawmaker: Sri Lanka president agrees to remove brother as PM
Sri Lanka’s president has agreed to replace his older brother as prime minister in a proposed interim government to solve a political impasse caused by the country’s worst economic crisis in decades, a prominent lawmaker said Friday. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa agreed that a national council will be appointed to name a new prime minister and Cabinet comprised of all parties in Parliament, lawmaker Maithripala Sirisena said after meeting with the president. Sirisena, who was president before Rajapaksa, was a governing party lawmaker before defecting earlier this month along with nearly 40 other legislators.news.yahoo.com
Blame Game in Probe of 2019 Easter Sunday Suicide Bomb Attacks in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s former prime minister and former president are blaming each other for security lapses that led to a wave of suicide bombings by a group linked to Islamic terrorists on Easter Sunday 2019. Former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in testimony on Oct. 6, said he was kept away from security council meetings well before the Easter Sunday attacks. “I did not attend the national security council meeting ever since Oct. 26, 2018,” Wickremesinghe testified before the panel. “There had been no delegation of powers to the prime minister or anyone else before leaving the country,” Fernando told the inquiry panel. “If the Easter Sunday bombings did not happen, we wouldn’t have known that the former prime minister was not invited to NSC meetings,” political analyst Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu told Zenger News.thewestsidegazette.com
Man blamed for nearly half Sri Lanka virus cases speaks out
Sri Lankan auto rickshaw driver Prasad Dinesh, linked by Sri Lankan officials to nearly half the country's more than 2,600 coronavirus cases, sits in his house in Ja-Ela, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Dinesh, however, says his drug addiction, which is considered a crime in Sri Lanka, makes him a convenient scapegoat. After Dinesh, 33, tested positive for the virus in April, navy sailors raided his village, forcing his contacts into quarantine. At least 15 villages were isolated in different parts of Sri Lanka for about two weeks, and about 1,300 other people underwent self-quarantine. Sri Lanka has confirmed at least 2,665 cases in all, including 11 deaths, meaning nearly half of its caseload has been blamed on one man Dinesh.