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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) …

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 …

United States believes the determination on the Prime Minister should be made in accordance with the Sri Lankan Law by Parliament

United States believes the determination on the Prime Minister should be made in accordance with the Sri Lankan Law by Parliament

Deputy Spokesperson at the Department of State Robert Palladino speaking at the US State Department Press Briefing on 30 October said the United States believes the determination on the Prime Minister should be made in accordance with the Sri Lankan law and due process and the members …

What’s happening in Sri Lanka?

What’s happening in Sri Lanka?

The surprise sacking of a prime minister; the return of a controversial leader; mass protests; a deadly shooting and warnings of a “bloodbath” – in just a few days, Sri Lanka has plunged into a bitter power struggle that risks undermining stability in the South …

In the grips of a full-blown political crisis

In the grips of a full-blown political crisis

Sri Lanka is entering the most perilous and uncertain phase of its sudden political crisis as the struggle to demonstrate who is the nation’s legitimate prime minister moves from the halls of government to the streets. Two men claim to be the country’s prime minister: …

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 …

Operate within the constitution

Operate within the constitution

The United States called Friday on all sides in Sri Lanka to operate within the constitution and refrain from violence as the president’s sacking of the prime minister triggered a crisis. Washington also urged the island to move forward on post-war reconciliation after President Maithripala …

Tremors

Tremors

Caught between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the one hand and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the other, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has reached a point of no return. The coalition of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United Nation Party, which pitchforked …