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Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Family Falls From Grace
May 13, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Family Falls From Grace

By David Rising and Krutika Pathi
President Gotabaya, who is the last Rajapaksa still clinging to national office, has not been seen outside his heavily guarded compound.

Has the Gotabaya Presidency Entered Its Final Days?
May 10, 2022

Has the Gotabaya Presidency Entered Its Final Days?

By Rathindra Kuruwita
If the Sri Lankan president was angling for a dignified departure from power, those hopes are unlikely to be fulfilled.
Sri Lanka Opposition Declares No Confidence in Government
May 04, 2022

Sri Lanka Opposition Declares No Confidence in Government

By Krishan Francis
A majority vote in the 225-member Parliament would be needed to remove Rajapaksa and the Cabinet from power. 

Rajapaksas’ Unpopularity Surges as Debt Crisis Worsens
April 28, 2022

Rajapaksas’ Unpopularity Surges as Debt Crisis Worsens

By Krutika Pathi and Krishan Francis
But Sri Lanka's ruling family is refusing to heed the demand for their resignation.

Bhavani Fonseka Explains Sri Lanka’s Protests
April 26, 2022

Bhavani Fonseka Explains Sri Lanka’s Protests

By Shannon Tiezzi
“The political and economic crisis have exposed the multiple failures of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa presidency.”

Sri Lanka’s Oppressive Stability Starts to Crumble
April 12, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Oppressive Stability Starts to Crumble

By Isha Gupta
Facing Sri Lanka's worst economic crisis, the Rajapaksa family's appeals to national security and Sinhala Buddhist nationalism may no longer be enough to keep them in power.

Sri Lanka’s Leaderless Protests
April 12, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Leaderless Protests

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The leaderless nature of the protests was part of the attraction for many Sri Lankans. But leaders need to emerge if the movement is going to succeed in bringing about political change.
Church: Talks on Sri Lankan Blasts Require Government Credibility
September 01, 2021

Church: Talks on Sri Lankan Blasts Require Government Credibility

By Krishan Francis
Bombings on Easter Sunday 2019 killed 269 people. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka wants a transparent investigation before talks with the government.

India Asks Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Government to Ensure Power Devolution
January 12, 2021

India Asks Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Government to Ensure Power Devolution

By Sudha Ramachandran
New Delhi has significant stakes in making sure the island nation's ethnic Tamil minority is not further marginalized.

Sri Lanka’s Democracy on the Edge
September 26, 2020

Sri Lanka’s Democracy on the Edge

By Sudha Ramachandran
A proposed constitutional amendment would undo the progress made toward an accountable presidency and a strong parliament.

Women in Sri Lanka Make up 56% of Voters, But Only 5% of Legislators
September 25, 2020

Women in Sri Lanka Make up 56% of Voters, But Only 5% of Legislators

By Bansari Kamdar
Money, pedigree, sexism and social norms keep Sri Lanka’s largest electorate – the country’s women – out of politics.
Sri Lanka Elections: Tamils Have Not Abandoned Human Rights for Economic Development
August 24, 2020

Sri Lanka Elections: Tamils Have Not Abandoned Human Rights for Economic Development

By J. S. Tissainayagam
Sri Lanka’s ethnic minority remains committed to both, but not one at the expense of the other.

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