“It also appears to me that the amendment on dual citizenship is to bring another Rajapaksa
like Basil Rajapaksa, into the political arena,” said Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, a distinguished fellow of New Delhi-based think-tank Observer Research Foundation. The youngest Rajapaksa
brother also holds a U.S. passport.
‘Injurious to Democracy’
Rajapaksa -- who had run a minority government after winning a November presidential poll and appointed his brother and former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime minister -- won a landslide victory at the Aug. 5 parliamentary election.The brothers ruling Sri Lanka
also have the support of minority parties and others
to get the super majority needed to pass the constitutional amendments in parliament in the coming weeks.
Separately, Sri Lanka’s government also this week appointed a committee of senior lawyers to draft a new constitution.“When it comes to both -- the interim measure and the broader proposal to bring in a new constitution -- the common objective is to concentrate real authority in the hands of the presidency at the cost of prime minister and the parliament,” said Rajiv Bhatia, distinguished fellow in foreign policy studies at the Mumbai-based think tank Gateway House and former head of the Sri Lanka
division in India’s foreign ministry.
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.
As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.
Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.