COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 16, 2015: election staff transfer ballot boxes to polling stations for the parliamentary elections (photo: dpa)

Sri Lankan election results signal major shift in country’s foreign policy

The election of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to a fourth term heralds a new era in Sri Lankan politics. It will certainly lead to a more pro-western approach, while at home, efforts will be made to heal long-running ethnic wounds.

<i>The results of Sri Lanka’s August parliamentary elections signal changes in the South Asian island nation’s foreign policy, as well as boost chances for national ethnic reconciliation. This has eluded the country since its 26-year civil war ended in 2009. Previous three-time Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn into office on August 21, after his United National Party (UNP) signed a deal with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), in ...

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 Lisa Curtis
The new president made good on this promise when he persuaded parliament in late April to pass a constitutional amendment reinstating a two-term limit on the presidency and curbing the chief executive’s ability to dissolve parliament. Mr Sirisena also revived independent commissions to oversee the judiciary and the police
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