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Reform Resistance in Sri Lankan Politics

By Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda - Mon Mar 26, 4:45 pm

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One serious political question that emerges from Sri Lanka’s current political impasse is the following: why has a reformist democratic regime, with domestic popular support as well as international backing, begun to run out of its political energies, and political options, so early and is facing disintegration half away?

In Sri Lanka’s on-going political debate, there are several explanations being offered. Two stand above others. The lack of political will among government leaders, and their shaky commitment to the electoral mandate, is the first. The second is the ruptured nature of the coalition between the two traditionally rival political parties, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by Sirisena, and United National Party (UNP) led by Wickremesinghe. These are obvious reasons, and there is hardly any doubt about their explanatory value. the unreformability of the ethnocratic state, and the irreversibility of corruption due to its peculiar political economy….

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