Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves after addressing parliament in Colombo earlier this year. Photo: AP Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves after addressing parliament in Colombo earlier this year. Photo: AP
Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves after addressing parliament in Colombo earlier this year. Photo: AP

Sri Lanka rolls back reforms aimed at curbing authoritarianism in vote to boost president’s powers

  • With the constitutional amendment, Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be able to hold ministries, appoint and sack ministers, and name members of commissions
  • The changes reverse reforms dating to 2015 that aimed to limit presidential powers in a bid to prevent creeping authoritarianism

Topic |   Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves after addressing parliament in Colombo earlier this year. Photo: AP Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves after addressing parliament in Colombo earlier this year. Photo: AP
Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves after addressing parliament in Colombo earlier this year. Photo: AP
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