Daniel Halliday
Dec 16 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
Is the Sri Lankan President Sirisena guilty of attempting a soft coup?
As Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is sworn in and the country's constitutional crisis draws to a close, should President Sirisena be investigated for attempting a soft coup to reinstate previous President Rajapaksa as prime minister (even though he is currently under investigation for corruption)? Should parliament be looking to impeach him as president?
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China Vs India

This issue at its base comes down to the difference of opinion of President Maithripala Sirisena firing of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe regarding international relations with China and India. In an interview with Sri Lankan newspaper Daily Mirror Sirisena states the fact that Wickremesinghe suspended work on a key Chinese investment, the Hambantota Port, changing the terms and conditions of China’s lease of the port without consulting the President as the reason for sacking him. China is looking to expand it influence internationally with the belt and road initiative and investing heavily in Sri Lanka as a result. Sirisena looks keen on following his predecessors closer relations with China, while Wickremesinghe remains a supporter of strengthening traditional ties between India and Sri Lanka.

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Disagreement between President and Prime Minister

Throughout the political turmoil caused by President Maithripala Sirisena firing of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the president maintained that it was due to a breakdown of diplomacy between the two, but it seems to have descended into a political mudslinging campaign. The two men disagreed over a number of economic reforms, relations with India, policy decisions and even an alleged assassination plot. Sirisena has accused Wickremesinghe of exceeded his authority by making the Hambantota Port deal and a Free Trade Agreement with Singapore without the authorisation of Sirisena. Sirisena maintains this controversy was caused by this alone, while he has pledged to appoint a presidential commission to probe any accusations of Fraud concerning Sirisena’s preferred choice for Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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Impeachment could help stamp out Sri Lankan corruption

Maithripala Sirisena is guilty of attempting a soft coup in order to usher disgraced former President Mahinda Rajapaksa into the position of prime minister. Rajapaksa is currently under investigation for major fraud and corruption charges, and has apparent historical ties with Sirisena, making this a clear display of attempted corruption and contempt of parliament. Impeachment proceedings are currently underway, and if they do not help stamp out corruption they will at least be a step in the right direction.

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