Avatar Minoli Wijetunga on 13 March, 2020

Sri Lanka’s Recent Political Challenges & Prospects for the Future

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On the 25 th of April, Sri Lanka will hold elections for its next Parliament. This will be the first election after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa took office, a period in which several trends were discerned with implications for reconciliation, governance, the rule of law and security in Sri Lanka.


The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has prepared this short paper to comment on key developments in the first 100 days of the present Government, as well as their implications for governance, the rule of law, reconciliation, human rights and democracy in Sri Lanka. The paper, though not an exhaustive study, highlights key trends and examines likely scenarios in the immediate future. This includes the possibility of sweeping constitutional, legislative and policy reforms that will likely define the future trajectory of Sri Lanka’s political culture.

The full paper can be accessed here.