Sirisena win spells change and challenge for Sri Lanka

Monday, January 12, 2015

Significance

Sirisena's victory is a potential game-changer: instead of entrenching the autocratic tendencies of his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa's administration, the election results hold out the promise of democratic consolidation under a new government with a robust mandate for constitutional and policy reform. However, the diversity of the coalition backing Sirisena and the sharing of power with newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe augur a period of volatility.

Impacts

  • If Tamil parties emerge as 'kingmakers' in April, governance of war-torn Northern and Western provinces is likely to be overhauled.
  • Delhi, Washington and Brussels will welcome the political transition.
  • Long-term growth prospects will turn on the precise rebalancing of budgetary allocations.
Expert Briefings Powered by Oxford Analytica
Stay up to date
Sign up to the Expert Daily Briefings email alert and receive up-to-the-minute analysis of global events as they happen.
*If your university does not have access to Expert Briefings, visit our information page to find out more.
To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below
You may be able to access this content by logging in via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
Would you like to purchase this content for your university? Click the button to visit our Expert Briefing product page for purchasing information.
If you think you should have access to this content, click the button to contact our support team.