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Sri Lanka Political Crises Explained | 57th Class | IAS 2019

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According to latest counts, Mr. Wickremesinghe has 103 MPs from the 225-seat House while Mr. Rajapaksa and Mr. Sirisena have 101. Most of the remaining 21 MPs — including the TNA — are set to oppose Mr. Rajapaksa, observers said. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress party, which has seven lawmakers, said its members had also rejected offers to join the Sirisena-Rajapaksa camp. Last year his government gave a 99-year lease on the Hambantota deep-sea port to China because it was unable to repay Beijing’s loans for the $1.4-billion project. The constitutional crisis pits two very different characters against each other. Wickremesinghe is a soft-spoken reformist technocrat and free market proponent seen as wary of China’s often one-sided economic deals and less suspicious of India. Rajapakse is a seasoned political bruiser, deeply charismatic but tainted by an authoritarian decade in power that culminated in a ruthless military campaign against Tamil Tiger rebels which ended a decades long civil war but killed some ..

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