war on the rocks

Sri Lanka Reels in Constitutional Crisis

November 13, 2018

Episode Notes:

Sri Lanka has been gripped by a constitutional crisis since President Maithripala Sirisena outed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Last week, the President moved to dissolve parliament. This morning, Sri Lanka’s supreme court overturned the president’s order, but the question of who is the county's legal PM is currently unknown. Alan Keenan, Senior Analyst and Sri Lanka Project Director for International Crisis Group, helps us disentangle the complex situation. (~15 minutes)

[ 0:18 ] Introduction
[ 1:06 ] Why Sirisena outed the PM and why he believes he can
[ 7:32 ] Weak constitution, peculiarly powerful actors, or both?
[ 11:09 ] Power of the Court
[ 13:06 ] Impact of Court's decision on the president's legitimacy