Uncertainty Mounts in Sri Lanka as Rajapaksa’s Resurgence Galvanizes Opposition

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa rides on an open car during an anti-government protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sept. 5, 2018 (AP photo by Eranga Jayawardena).
Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa rides on an open car during an anti-government protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sept. 5, 2018 (AP photo by Eranga Jayawardena).

Thousands of Sri Lankan demonstrators marched in the capital, Colombo, last month, protesting poor economic conditions and the government’s decision to delay local elections. The protests were led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose return to political prominence poses a major threat to the ruling United National Front coalition, or UNF. In an interview with WPR, Stanley Samarasinghe, a professor at Tulane University who writes extensively on the poltical economy of Sri Lanka, discusses the widespread discontent with the government and what might be in store for Sri Lanka’s political future. World Politics Review: What are the main political issues […]

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