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Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Government: Taking Selfies on the Rail-track

By Tisaranee Gunasekara - Sun Jul 16, 12:25 am

Photo courtesy Business Times

“…a longing for a new authoritarianism with some kind of religious orientation and above all a greater communal belongingness.”

Fritz Stein (National Socialism as Temptation)

Post-Rajapaksa Sri Lanka suffers from a deadly absence. It has a democratic government, but no democratic opposition.

Had Sri Lanka been a normal democracy – with a democratic government and a democratic opposition (however flawed) – the burgeoning crisis of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government would not have become democracy’s crisis. Elections would have acted as a pressure-releasing mechanism, by ensuring a peaceful transfer of governmental power from one democratic political party to another.

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