Protests over shortages forced the ouster of Sri Lanka’s president, but the crisis has deep-set roots in ethnonationalism, which has encouraged corruption, argues an expert on the country’s politics.
Corruption, mismanagement and financial pressure from China all contributed to Sri Lanka’s economic turmoil.
It’s the ‘religion of peace’, with a long history of warlike behaviour.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the frontrunner in the presidential election. He was defence secretary during his brother Mahinda’s presidency when the government is accused of numerous wartime atrocities.