Rajapaksa’s Gone, but Sri Lanka’s Crisis Is Far from Over

People throng the official presidential residence for the second day after it was stormed in Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 11, 2022 (AP photo by Rafiq Maqbool).

The remarkable developments in Sri Lanka, in which a monthslong citizen mobilization led to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation last month, would have been unthinkable until recently. But while Rajapaksa’s resignation realized part of the protesters’ demands, there is still a long way to go for systemic change.

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