Sri Lanka situation update (8 November 2018)

A failing coup? The past week saw intense political manoeuvring in Sri Lanka, as efforts by Mahinda Rajapaksa to obtain command of a majority in Parliament continued. Despite the ‘crossing over’ of a handful of MPs, which further narrowed the gap between the two main...

Sri Lanka situation update (31 October 2018)

The past three days in Sri Lanka saw the intensification of public outcry over President Sirisena’s unconstitutional attempt to remove Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replace him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. On Tuesday (30th October), thousands of...

Sri Lanka situation update (28 October 2018)

On Sunday evening, President Sirisena issued a statement on national television in which he explained that he had taken the decision to remove Prime Minister Wickremesinghe following differences in “policy, culture, personality and conduct.” The President further...

What is happening in Sri Lanka?

Situation updates: ‘A retreat from the precipice. For now’, 19 December 2018 ‘Steps forward, steps backward’, 21 November 2018 ‘Plunging deeper into crisis’, 10 November 2018 8 November 2018 31 October 2018 28 October 2018 A...

Rajapaksa has lost, the transfer of power must be peaceful

Multiple credible news sources are reporting that President Mahinda Rajapaska has conceded defeat in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections. At the time of going to press provisional results had common opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, in the lead by 52%...