New hope for reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Surprise election results offer a chance for change.

Flickr Photo: Indi Samarajiva
Spectators watch at the swearing-in ceremony for Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Jan. 9.
John Sinclair
Published: Wednesday, 01/14/2015 12:00 am EST

We live in a troubled world, whether we are talking of Syria, Gaza or our own Parliament building. However just days ago there was a bold and almost totally unexpected political transition. In Sri Lanka we saw a peaceful election in which an all-powerful president who had thrived on jingoism and cronyism for a decade or more was defeated by an ex-colleague, who only two months earlier had been his health minister, but is now empowered as President Maithripala Sirisena.

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