« Divide and conquer: Sri Lankan strongman plots an election return » by Marwaan Macan-Markar

Defeated in 2015 by a coalition led by Maithripala Sirisena, who promised to reform the economy and break with Sri Lanka’s history of human rights abuses, nepotism and corruption, the Rajapaksas are set to fight this election on the populist staples of security, ethnicity and religion. It is a vote that could profoundly shape the direction of Sri Lanka’s politics, as the clan works to establish an immovable political dynasty, threatening to unwind more than four years of democratic progress.

via: https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Cover-Story/Divide-and-conquer-Sri-Lankan-strongman-plots-an-election-return?fbclid=IwAR1zrro8YE0SkGZDNZWWYG5OjE9hL8ixQAQVvvaiht3Dlp6_lFbUbc6g-X0

« Sri Lanka’s political outlook shaky, whoever wins knife-edge election » by Shihar Aneez and John Chalmers

In a measure of how far Thursday’s presidential election in Sri Lanka has become a knife-edge contest, diplomats here have been checking the rules in case of a dead heat: according to a 1981 act, the rival candidates would draw lots to settle on a winner.

via: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/07/us-sri-lanka-election-idUSKBN0KG05F20150107