India’s Policy Dilemma in Sri Lanka – Caught between Rock and Hard Place

Supporting constitutional propriety, a deeply divided polity with fears of  a pro China tilt and appeasing domestic lobbies in Tamil Nadu and Delhi has created complex policy challenges for India given current political developments in Colombo over the past few days. President Maithripala Sirisena who heads the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and also the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) decided to leave the National Government formed with the United National Party (UNP) on 26 October a Friday importantly when the Courts are closed for the weekend thus an immediate legal challenge to the decision was not possible. Even more surprising to many was the fact that the President appointed former President and Kurunegala district parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister after removing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe whose position had become untenable given the collapse of the coalition which had tasted success in the elections on 8th January 2015. Sri Lanka has an executive presidency with the prime minister nominated who is also the leader in the parliament.......................

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