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The political crisis, and what it means for the Tamil community

The political crisis, and what it means for the Tamil community

In November 2014, Maithripala Sirisena, who was then a cabinet minister and member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, broke ranks with his leader, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and agreed to be the common presidential candidate of the Opposition, led by the United National Party. Sirisena …

Behind Sri Lanka’s political turmoil lies an India-China struggle for influence

Behind Sri Lanka’s political turmoil lies an India-China struggle for influence

Gleaming cranes stretch out on the waterfront in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo as Chinese companies construct a $1.5 billion new commercial district, including hotels, marinas and a motor racing track. They have already built a giant container terminal nearby and a huge port in …

Willing to work with President Sirisena

Willing to work with President Sirisena

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is willing to work with President Maithripala Sirisena, who abruptly sacked him on October 26, if given a chance to prove his majority in Parliament. Caught in an unprecedented power struggle, Mr. Wickremesinghe is trying to claim …

Concern grows in India over Sri Lankan crisis

Concern grows in India over Sri Lankan crisis

A  constitutional crisis is unfolding in Sri Lanka – and that is causing concern in New Delhi as it may enable China to expand its influence in the island off India’s southern doorstep, the regional website Benar News reported on November 5. The turmoil started …

Plantation unions move to shutdown wage struggle amid political crisis

Plantation unions move to shutdown wage struggle amid political crisis

Sri Lankan plantation unions have aligned themselves with different political factions in the bitter conflict raging inside the country’s ruling elite and are now attempting to suppress the plantation workers’ fight for a 100 percent increase in their daily wage. On October 26, President Maithripala …

A worried India keeps a close watch

A worried India keeps a close watch

A worried India is keeping a close watch on Sri Lankan politics, following fresh reports of horsetrading and deal-making after President Maithripala Sirisena decided to convene Parliament on November 14, sidestepping appeal by sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s party for an early session. United National Party …

Why the US’s policy on Sri Lanka needs a reset

Why the US’s policy on Sri Lanka needs a reset

When Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena unexpectedly replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with strongman and former-President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Oct 26, the move was seen as the fallout from internal rivalry caused by domestic issues such as corruption, poor economic performance and political power play. …

A Tussle Between Parties?

A Tussle Between Parties?

The answer to Sri Lanka’s current political crisis is complex. The split between United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and United National Party(UNP) turned into a struggle for power between the Sri Lankan President Sirisena, the leader of UPFA alliance comprising the Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) …

House of Cards in the Indian Ocean

House of Cards in the Indian Ocean

What is happening in Sri Lanka right now sits somewhere in between House of Cards, Game of Thrones and Shakespeare’s darkest Roman plays. It involves a man who betrayed his leader only now to return him to power, an alleged murder plot, and two men …

EU will consider stripping duty-free access

EU will consider stripping duty-free access

The European Union will consider stripping Sri Lanka of its duty-free access if it backs off commitments on rights, the EU ambassador said, amid worries stoked by the president’s replacing of the elected premier by a wartime nationalist. The European Union is worried the return …