Is democracy in Sri Lanka in danger? | Asia

Sri Lanka‘s President Maithripala Sirisena has been accused of violating the country’s constitution.

In late October, he sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, triggering an intense power struggle.

Now, Sirisena has dissolved parliament and called for snap elections to be held in January.

During all this time, Wickremesinghe has refused to leave the prime minister’s residence.

The president’s opponents are set to challenge his actions at the Supreme Court on Monday.

What effect will this have on Sri Lanka’s stability?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Xiudong Jia – researcher on Asia Pacific affairs and senior research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies

Rajiva Wijesinha – former Sri Lankan government official

Charu Hogg – associate fellow at the Asia Programme at Chatham House

Source: Al Jazeera News

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