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All you need to know about the escalating political turmoil

All you need to know about the escalating political turmoil

Sri Lanka has been reeling from a turbulent political crisis for almost a month, when President Maithripala Sirisena on October 26 abruptly sacked then-Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and installed the now-ousted Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country’s former President, as the new premier. The power struggle has …

Sliding into political turmoil, and what could happen next

Sliding into political turmoil, and what could happen next

This week, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court made a dramatic intervention in the country’s deepening political crisis, a move that may prevent it from sliding further into democratic dysfunction and possible …

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 …

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 …

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) …

It’s Neo-Cold War and at India’s Gates

It’s Neo-Cold War and at India’s Gates

Independent of the domestic outcomes of the current constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, it may have already opened up the floodgates for a neo-Cold War centred on South Asia, and …

Fight for island with strategic location

Fight for island with strategic location

RT spoke to Dr. Pak Nung Wong, a senior lecturer at the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies (PoLIS) at the University of Bath, UK, who believes that Sri Lanka is being torn apart between major global powers. He explained that Sri Lanka’s location …

A chill down its spine

A chill down its spine

By suddenly deposing Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointing an already ousted former Lankan President as the new PM, President Maithripala Srisena has engineered a political coup that instead of the expected turnaround of fortunes, has shocked the supportive US and Western powers …

Don’t blame the messenger

Don’t blame the messenger

For a responsible media organisation, telling the truth is imperative even if it means reporting tactless utterances On October 17, a front-page report, “Sri Lankan President Sirisena alleges that RAW is plotting his assassination”, in this newspaper became the subject of wild speculation on social …