Understanding the Dynamics of Political Shifts in Sri Lanka

The assumption of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s return to political centre stage in Colombo is a pro China tilt may be too simplistic as complex dynamics underline the political changes where the national unity government formed with the express purpose of keeping him and his family out of power collapsed on 26 October. This time internal rather than any external push by India as was alleged by Mr Rajapaksa as recently as in September during his visit to New Delhi may be the main reasons though India was observing developments closely and seemed to be having a sense of the flow of events. Importantly all three key players in the political drama that unfolded on Friday the 26 October – President Maithri Sirisena, newly anointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were in touch with New Delhi in the past few months.............

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