Sri Lanka President sacks PM, plunges country into crisis
Sirisena is also believed to have been behind a failed attempt to impeach Wickremesinghe in April.Rajapakse lost the presidency in January 2015 and the subsequent parliamentary elections in August 2015.However, his new Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party won local council elections in February and he had been attempting to engineer a dramatic comeback ahead of presidential elections slated for 2019.The strongman put down the decades-old Tamil Tiger separatist struggle in May 2009 through a military assault that killed up to 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians, according to rights groups.
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His regime refused to even acknowledge war-era abuses, and bitter divisions between minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese persist.Rajapakse’s hardline government was also accused of corruption and murdering political opponents. Several of Rajapakse’s close family and associates face several corruption prosecutions.Sirisena had pledged accountability for war atrocities, but has faced international criticism for being slow to deliver on justice.International rights groups have called for the prosecution of both the military and the Tigers, who were notorious for suicide bombings and enlisting child soldiers.