Sri Lanka may get a stable government, but it will not be the promised new country.
Sirisena-Wickremesinghe 2.0 must build on their project of good governance with reconciliation.
Wickremasinghe was set to take oath in a simple ceremony at the Presidential Secretariat while the cabinet of national government was to be appointed later.
Initial results from the August 17 parliamentary elections show the Wickremesinghe’s United National Front for Good Governance leading in 11 of Sri Lanka’s 22 districts.
Rajapaksa said that his UPFA has won eight districts and Wickremesinghe’s UNP has 11 out of a total of 22.
President Sirisena has vowed not to make Rajapaksa premier even if his United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) wins a majority.
There is a fair possibility that the UNP and Wickremesinghe-led United National Front for Good Governance will win more seats than the UPFA.
Could the outcome of parliamentary polls end Sri Lanka’s honeymoon with democracy?
If elected, Rajapaksa said, he would invite India to “join China” and finish projects in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka poll outcome will hinge on whether or not voters remember why they ousted Rajapaksa as president in January.
The former Sri Lankan President said that the ruling coalition leaders have been trying to “mislead voters” ahead of the parliament elections next month.
Rajapaksa’s comeback bid could unsettle possibilities of ethnic reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
Rajapaksa did not specify the party under which he would contest, but his supporters said that he would form a new coalition if Maithripala Sirisena does not relent.
It is a little tedious at the top for four men guarding the sacred Bodhi tree on a hillock near Sanchi — but for music and meals.
“Both the US and India openly used their embassies to bring me down,” Rajapaksa said ahead of Modi’s visit to the country.