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Sri Lanka president suspends parliament after sacking PM as political rift deepens

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday suspended parliament till Nov. 16, a day after removing Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister and replacing him with former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in a surprise move that signals escalating political tensions in the South Asian nation. “The president has prorogued the parliament,” cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told reporters. Minutes earlier Wickremesinghe, who says he remains prime minister, urged the speaker to convene parliament to prove he…

Sri Lanka president keen to beef up ties with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD/ COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday said his country was keen to broaden relations with Pakistan. He was talking to Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in Colombo on Tuesday. The foreign secretary highlighted the immense goodwill for Sri Lanka in Pakistan, which continues to encourage both the countries to further strengthen and deepen bilateral relations. She also expressed Pakistan's desire to expand trade relations between the two countries. Read More: Pakistan gifts two water…