Editor's note

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court voted yesterday to overturn the sudden and unilateral dissolution of the country’s Parliament by the President. It’s another dramatic twist as Sri Lanka slides further into constitutional crisis.

Michael Breen explains Sri Lanka’s ‘democracy deficit’, why there’s real doubt over who the legitimate Prime Minister is, and why the possibility of violence remains real.

Madeleine De Gabriele

Deputy Editor: Energy + Environment

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The Sri Lankan president’s sacking of the prime minister and installation of a former strongman has left the country in political limbo. M.A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Explainer: Why Sri Lanka is sliding into political turmoil, and what could happen next

Michael Breen, University of Melbourne

Old political rivalries have boiled over in Sri Lanka's worsening political crisis. Some fear possible violence less than a decade after the end of a brutal 25-year civil war.

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