The year 2014 witnessed a few cracks in the government of the United People’s Freedom Alliance in the face of internal and external challenges. Still, anti-Muslim violence, setbacks in provincial elections, and mounting concerns over the coalition’s human rights record failed to disrupt continued high economic growth. The surprise was the January 8, 2015, election: defeating the incumbent, on January 9, former Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president.
Sri Lanka in 2014: Cracks in the Edifice
Nira Wickramasinghe is Chair and Professor of Modern South Asian Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands and the author of Sri Lanka in the Modern Age: A History (Oxford, 2015). Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Nira Wickramasinghe; Sri Lanka in 2014: Cracks in the Edifice. Asian Survey 1 February 2015; 55 (1): 60–66. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2015.55.1.60
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