What's Her Game?

In the political crisis sweeping Sri Lanka, personal animosity has triumphed over good governance—and could even jeopardize the fragile peace. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's moves last week to sack three senior ministers, suspend Parliament and impose a state of emergency—all while her Prime Minister was overseas—represented, even her party members admit, a naked power grab rather than an attempt to protect "national security" as she claimed. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's return to Colombo three days later and his triumphant procession to the cheers of tens of thousands were, his supporters agree, premature victory celebrations. To the north, the decision by the Liberation...

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