Monday, January 21, 2019 02:11:12 AM

UNP & SLFP: Transition Blues, Part 1

By Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda - Sun Apr 08, 1:12 am

Photo courtesy DNA India

Amidst so many stories about the ever-exciting twists and turns in the crisis of our government, we seem to ignore so many other significant political questions. One such question is: what is happening in Sri Lanka’s political parties? As visible from the unfolding power struggles, Sri Lanka’s two main parties – the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) – are in crisis, awaiting reinvention for their survival. Meanwhile, a new party – the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) – has emerged, posing a serious existential threat to the SLFP and even showing the signs of becoming the next ruling party, pushing the SLFP into a new phase of survival challenges.

Political parties are the main player in the game of democracy. Since parliamentary democracy is the only political game in town, changes within and in the relations among political parties have a tendency to redefine the nature of democratic politics as well. While Sri Lanka’s is in a phase of transition, so are the political parties. The parties are thus facing a new set of challenges for both survival and transition….

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