The president of Sri Lanka has fired the entire parliament and called for fresh elections. The move comes after the appointment of a controversial ex-president as prime minister, sending the country into two weeks of chaos.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently announced the reinstatement of capital punishment amid severe criticism from the international community. DW analyzes the reasons behind his controversial decision.
Sri Lanka has been under a state of emergency since a string of bombings at three hotels and three churches killed more than 250 people in mid-April. Authorities say that anti-terrorism operations are still underway.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a brief visit to Sri Lanka to emphasize his "neighborhood-first policy." China is also trying to exert its influence in both Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Investigations are continuing in Sri Lanka after the Easter suicide bombings that killed more than 300 people. The first funerals have been held as the island nation mourns.
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