Sri Lanka

Reality check

Print edition : March 16, 2018

President Maithripala Sirisena (right) with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during Sri Lanka's 70th Independence Day celebrations in Colombo on February 4. Photo: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP

Mahinda Rajapaksa after the party backed by him put up an impressive show in the local body elections. Photo: REUTERS

The ruling coalition partners decide to stay together after a phase of perceptible strain in the relationship, but it is now a case of two insecure leaders against a newly emboldened Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is buoyed by the local body election results.
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