The collapse of Sri Lanka’s first-ever coalition government, and the events that unfolded after 26 October, has put the island nation back under political turmoil.
The collapse of Sri Lanka’s first-ever coalition government, and the events that unfolded after 26 October, has put the island nation back under political turmoil.(Photo: Aroop Mishra/The Quint)
  • 1. Who Are the Players?
  • 2. The Build-up
  • 3. The Powerplay
  • 4. A Constitutional Question
  • 5. So Who's In Charge Right Now?
  • 6. The World Watches
All the Moving Parts in Sri Lanka’s Slow-Burning Political Crisis

As the tussle continues, here’s a look at the key players and the developments so far.

  • 1. Who Are the Players?

    The crisis centres around three main characters: President Maithripala Sirisena, ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and former strongman president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    The three were pitted against each other in a different combination during the last elections that saw Sirisena elected to power.

    Sirisena and Wickremesinghe are ideological opponents who had formed a coalition to defeat Rajapaksa in the 2015 elections, and they have now reverted to being on opposing sides.

    Rajapaksa, who was president from 2005 to 2015, is considered a hero by some in Sri Lanka's ethnic Sinhalese majority because he oversaw the end of a 25-year civil war by crushing ethnic minority Tamil rebels in 2009. By others, he is considered a strongman who is close to China. His time in power had been marred by allegations of war-time atrocities, corruption and nepotism.

    Also Read : Sri Lanka’s Past Haunts its Future: A ‘War’ to Make Sirisena Win

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