South Asia and Beyond

Sri Lanka’s Persistent Prime Minister

The dramatic events of last week appear to have effectively completed the chain of events that first began on April 21, 2019. Exactly three years and three weeks to the day since the Easter attacks took place, the President who rode to power on the back of it had to swear in the very same […]Read More

Protests Outside ‘Rajapaksa Hideout’ Trincomalee Naval Base

There have been protests in front of the Trincomalee Naval Base where former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is reportedly staying along with a number of his family members. Video reports showed a helicopter, reportedly belonging to the Sri Lanka Air Force, being boarded by a few people at the Police Field Headquarters. Reports claim it […]Read More

Understanding Sri Lanka’s Two 21st Amendment Proposals

“Abolish the Executive Presidency” has been a common rallying call in Sri Lankan politics since the inception of the office of the Executive President in 1977/1978. So much so that every successful candidate at every presidential election between 1994 and 2015 made it a central campaign promise. Sri Lanka’s Executive President is a uniquely powerful […]Read More

Won’t Ask PM To Resign, Sri Lankan President Assures Party

Following queries made by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Parliamentarians, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said he has not asked Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign, nor does he have any intention of doing so, The Morning has learnt. At a meeting with the President on Thursday, also attended by the Prime Minister, several SLPP MPs […]Read More

Sri Lanka Makes Its First Debt Default

Tainting its unblemished track record of timely servicing its external financing obligations ever since it gained independence, the Sri Lankan Government has announced that it is suspending servicing of selected debts amidst the worst economic crisis the country has ever endured. With international media reports having mentioned that it is only a matter of time […]Read More

Bandula Declines Offer To Become Sri Lankan Finance Minister

Despite the continuous deterioration of the Sri Lankan economy, the upcoming meeting at the end of the month with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to secure an IMF programme and the impending maturity of the $1 billion international sovereign bond (ISB) issuance in July, the post of Finance Minister remains vacant following the resignation of […]Read More

Day After Appointment, Ali Sabry Quits As Sri Lanka’s Finance

A day after being made Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister, Ali Sabry has resigned. In a letter addressed to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sabry said he was willing to quit his parliamentary seat if the President wishes to appoint a non-parliamentarian as Finance Minister. In the letter dated April 5 sent to the President, which was seen […]Read More