Elections 2019: What next for Sri Lanka?
Monday, 25 November, 6.30pm
On Saturday, 16 November Sri Lankan voters went to the polls to elect their next President. Against a backdrop of ethnic tensions, deadly acts of terrorism and last year's constitutional crisis, the 2019 Presidential Elections marked a key moment for Sri Lanka's democracy. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, ex-soldier and brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has won with a confident margin of votes. Therefore, we hosted a panel discussion on what the results mean for the country's long-term stability, peace and institutions.
Speakers: Alan Keenan (@AKeenan23) is Senior Analyst & Project Director for Sri Lanka at the International Crisis Group, London; Dharsha Jegatheeswaran (@dharsha_J) is a human rights lawyer and co-founder of the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research in Jaffna, Sri Lanka; Rajesh Venugopal (@rajeshvenugopal) is Associate Professor in International Development, LSE; Asanga Welikala (@welikalaa) is Lecturer in Public Law at the University of Edinburgh.
Chair: Nilanjan Sarkar is Deputy Director, South Asia Centre, LSE.
To listen to the podcast, click here.