Sri Lanka

Walking a tightrope

Print edition : July 24, 2015

President Maithripala Sirisena (left) and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (right) in Colombo. A file pciture. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. If Sirisena and Rajapaksa join hands before the elections, it will be a dramatic event. Photo: AP

The passage of the Constitution 19th Amendment limiting the powers of the executive presidency, the dissolution of Parliament and the announcement of elections for August 17 have wide ramifications for the country’s politics and polity.

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