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My latest article, co-authored with Rapi Siriwardane, was recently published in the German-language journal Südasien (35.Jahrgang, Nr. 1/2015). The article, entitled “Reis-Mafia in Colombo: Wahlkampf um das Präsidentenamt’, explored the significance of the rice processing business to the Maitripala Sirisena election campaign of late 2014/early 2015. A summary of the article and the very colourful journal cover appear below (credits: Südasien). The journal cover:
On 9 January 2015, Dr Oliver Walton, a lecturer at the University of Bath, published an article entitled ‘Sri Lanka stunned as Rajapaksa gamble fails to pay off’ (emphasis mine). Walton notes that ‘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’. In a similar vein, The Independent (UK) published….Read more on Groundviews.
A presidential swearing in ceremony, in a polity with an executive presidency, is a moment of tremendous solemn national pride. In the case of a presidential inauguration (investiture) in France, for example, a common pattern is followed, with limited scope for variation. It is customary for the outgoing president to enter the Elysée palace through a back entrance (the side of the gardens), and receive the president-elect at the footsteps of the main entrance. It is also customary for the two leaders to hold a confidential meeting upstairs in the Presidential Office,…Read More on The Island