Regime-change in Sri Lanka

Constitutional coup

Print edition : November 23, 2018

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is sworn in as Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo on October 26. Photo: NYT/SRI LANKAN PRESIDENT'S OFFICE

“Ousted” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (centre) speaks to his supporters at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Colombo on October 27. Photo: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP

The island nation passes through a political crisis as President Maithripala Sirisena sacks Ranil Wickremesinghe and appoints his rival and two-time President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and suspends Parliament to give Rajapaksa time to muster a majority.

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