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Maithri­pala Sirisena

In 2015, he be­came pres­i­dent by quit­ting the Ra­japaksa gov­ern­ment and form­ing a coali­tion with the party of Ranil Wick­remesinghe

In­ter­est: An al­liance with Ra­japaksa, the most pop­u­lar politi­cian, is his best chance of stay­ing in power un­til 2020

Ranil Wick­remesinghe

For­mer PM fight­ing for re­in­state­ment. Seen as close to In­dia. Was in New Delhi on a three­day state visit on Oc­to­ber 18, just a week be­fore he was sacked

In­ter­est: Wants to keep ri­val Ra­japaksa out of power

Mahinda Ra­japaksa

Au­thor­i­tar­ian for­mer pres­i­dent who ruled for 10 years, played a de­ci­sive role in crush­ing the LTTE in 2009. Drew the coun­try closer to China. Bounced back with ap­point­ment as PM

In­ter­est: Wants to re­turn to power. Had regis­tered pop­u­lar­ity in lo­cal body elec­tions


The MEA state­ment on Oct. 29 calls for ‘demo­cratic val­ues and the con­sti­tu­tional process to be re­spected’.

In­ter­est: Sri Lanka is one of In­dia’s clos­est neigh­bours. Wants a proIn­dia regime to keep China out of the neigh­bour­hood


The for­eign min­istry called for ‘rel­e­vant par­ties to re­solve their dif­fer­ences through dia­logue and main­tain their na­tion’s sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment’.

In­ter­est: Lanka is key to the In­dian Ocean part of Belt and Road pro­jects. In­fra­struc­ture pro­jects worth bil­lions

United States

The US state de­part­ment has asked for par­lia­ment to re­con­vene so that MPs can pick new PM

In­ter­est: Wants to keep China out of Sri Lanka as it al­ters the power dy­namic in the In­dian Ocean

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