Sri Lanka’s presidential elections: Progress, regression, or paralysis?

Executive summary In what was seen as a political earthquake at the time, Mahinda Rajapaksa, president of Sri Lanka since 2005, unexpectedly lost his bid for a third term to Maithripala Sirisena in January 2015 elections. Sirisena and a supportive parliamentary majority (elected later in 2015) adopted an ambitious agenda to reverse the nearly autocratic … Continue reading Sri Lanka’s presidential elections: Progress, regression, or paralysis?