Sri Lanka Perspectives: Hopes Dim for 2019 after Discreditable performance in 2018

Undoubtedly, 2018 will go down as a discreditable year for Sri Lankan politics, if we go by the 51-day political impasse created by President Maithripala Sirisena’s ill-conceived actions to dismiss Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and install former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM. The Rajapaksa government flaunting all the perks ruled the country for 51 days, without a parliamentary mandate was the height of political ignominy. It also set a bad precedence. However, refusal of the parliament to endorse Rajapaksa as PM and the Supreme Court striking down all actions of the President that created the political crisis as unconstitutional, showed there is hope for democracy in the coming year............

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