Country Profile

Sri Lanka 2019 Country Profile

Sri Lanka has long served as an important strategic destination in the Indian Ocean, catering to merchants and travellers from South-east Asia, India, the Middle East and East Africa. While much of the country’s recent history has been tainted by a decades-long civil war, post-conflict euphoria brought with it a sense of renewal and optimism. A coalition administration elected in 2015 pledged its commitment to inclusive governance and economic reform, a rebalancing of foreign policy, and reconciliation with its ethnic minorities. However, the coalition has diverged on several key policy issues, leading to delays in the legislative agenda and culminating in a constitutional crisis that saw the prime minister removed from office by the president in October 2018, only to be reinstated two months later following a ruling by the country’s highest court. This chapter contains interviews with President Maithripala Sirisena; and Ganeshan Wignaraja, Executive Director, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute; and a viewpoint from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The Report

This chapter is from the Sri Lanka 2019 report. Explore other chapters from this report.

Interviews & Viewpoints

Sketch of Ganeshan Wignaraja, Executive Director, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute
Ganeshan Wignaraja, Executive Director, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute: Interview

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