Sri Lanka’s 69-year-old parliamentary democracy continues with power concentrated at the center, and consequently, the country’s non-Sinhala-Buddhist minorities on the periphery continue to press for equal rights, while ethnic strife hinders prospects for unified progress. Maithripala Sirisena, president since 2015, promises reconciliation but has received little cooperation from the majority Sinhala Buddhists.

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