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Bailouts Won’t Save Sri Lanka. Ending Dynastic Politics Might.
September 20, 2022

Bailouts Won’t Save Sri Lanka. Ending Dynastic Politics Might.

By Debrah Gomes and Vineeth Krishnan
For far too long Sri Lanka has been a stage with the Rajapaksas as the only meaningful actors. A democratic renewal may be all that can save the country in the long run.

Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Returns to Sri Lanka
September 08, 2022

Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Returns to Sri Lanka

By Arundathie Abeysinghe
The government is concerned about renewed protests against the unpopular former leader, while opposition figures worry Rajapaksa will try to find a way to re-enter politics.
Sri Lanka Refuses International Human Rights Investigation
September 06, 2022

Sri Lanka Refuses International Human Rights Investigation

By Krishan Francis
While the government says it is willing to engage with the international community to seek closure of human rights issues, any solution should conform to the country's constitution.

Sri Lanka Introduces Reform Bill to Clip Presidential Powers
August 10, 2022

Sri Lanka Introduces Reform Bill to Clip Presidential Powers

By Krishan Francis
If passed into law, the amendments would reinstate democratic reforms made in 2015 and then reversed in 2020 under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Wickremesinghe Becomes Sri Lanka’s Interim President
July 15, 2022

Wickremesinghe Becomes Sri Lanka’s Interim President

By Krutika Pathi, Krishan Francis, and Bharatha Mallawarachi
He will remain in the post until Parliament elects a new president to serve out the remainder of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s term, ending in 2024.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Flees Sri Lanka
July 13, 2022

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Flees Sri Lanka

By Krishan Francis and Krutika Pathi
Public ire turns against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has been appointed acting president.

Sri Lanka Lawmakers to Pick New President but No Deal on Prime Minister
July 12, 2022

Sri Lanka Lawmakers to Pick New President but No Deal on Prime Minister

By Krishan Francis
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa promised to step down, while Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he would leave once a new government was in place.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa Is Finally Resigning. What’s Next for Sri Lanka?
July 11, 2022

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Is Finally Resigning. What’s Next for Sri Lanka?

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The country needs a credible government that enjoys legitimacy in the eyes of the people. Forming one will be a herculean task.

Sri Lankans Storm President’s House, Office in Biggest Rally Yet
July 09, 2022

Sri Lankans Storm President’s House, Office in Biggest Rally Yet

By Krishan Francis
Protesters had successfully demanded the prime minister’s resignation, but they want his brother gone from the presidency as well.

How Sri Lanka’s Crisis Hurts 8,000 Miles Away
June 02, 2022

How Sri Lanka’s Crisis Hurts 8,000 Miles Away

By Sandhira Wijayaratne
One member of the Sri Lankan diaspora reflects on the agony of watching his motherland lurch from crisis to crisis. 

Wickremesinghe Chosen Sri Lanka Prime Minister in Effort to Quell Crisis
May 13, 2022

Wickremesinghe Chosen Sri Lanka Prime Minister in Effort to Quell Crisis

By Krishan Francis and Bharatha Mallawarachi
The president's selection of Wickremesinghe a five-time former prime minister, is an attempt to end the violence and restore international credibility.
Sri Lanka Government Wins Parliament Vote Amid Protests
May 05, 2022

Sri Lanka Government Wins Parliament Vote Amid Protests

By Bharatha Mallawarachi
Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, backed by the ruling coalition led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was re-elected deputy speaker after having resigned in April.

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