ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Sri Lankan Presidential Election-An Analysis

An Analysis Vasantha Amerasinghe PRIME minister Ranasinghc Prcmadasa's recent victory over Sirimavo Bandaranaike, candidate for the DPA (Democratic People's . Alliance), in the Sri Lankan presidential election on December 19, may not have come as any great surprise to international observers. Nor does it seem to have brought about anything more than a quiet academic response from those commentators and analysts whose writings were the first visible reactions to the results. Observers more intimately connected with the Sri Lankan political process may view the event somewhat differently. But, as in the case of the Sri Lankan Referendum of 1982, which has been called 'a watershed in the country's electoral history, perceptive and critical analysis will no doubt be slower and more cautious in appearing.

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