Sri Lanka’s election thwarts Rajapaksa and sets the scene for deeper reform

By Oliver Walton

(This blog was oringially posted at The Conversation)

Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election appears to have delivered a firm endorsement of the ruling United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) coalition. The result scotches an attempted political comeback by the country’s former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, and consolidates the position of Maithripala Sirisena, who defeated him in the presidential elections in January. Continue reading

‘Finding the People’ in Bangladesh’s Democracy

By Palash Kamruzzaman

I was invited to join a panel discussion at the British House of Lords (28 October 2014) titled a ‘Discussion about democratic collapse as a result of unfair one sided national elections in Bangladesh’. The following summarises the main points I raised there.

Despite severe mistrust among the political parties, since 1990, Bangladesh has been governed by democratically elected governments under a ‘caretaker government’ system. Members of caretaker governments came from supposedly ‘non-political’ backgrounds. Those with some knowledge of Bangladesh would likely to agree that these elections have been more credible even though the ruling parties attempted to manipulate the system.

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Sri Lanka stunned as Rajapaksa election gamble fails to pay off

By Oliver Walton

(This blog was oringially posted at – The Conversation)

Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been defeated in the country’s historic presidential elections. Sri Lankans are shocked at the scale and manner of Rajapaksa’s defeat, which has brought his tenure to an abrupt halt after nine highly controversial years. Continue reading