Asia’s Oldest Democracy On The Brink

Sri Lanka is at peace and in trouble

Konstitution Of A Kleptocracy:

  1. The President can appoint any Prime Minister they like.
  2. That Prime Minister can take over the government before any vote in Parliament or vote by the people.
  3. That PM can use government resources (ie Ministries) to bribe MPs to betray their voters. Or just bribe them — foreign funds welcome.
  4. The state media, budget, and armed forces can be used to lie to, bribe or beat the people, apply as needed.



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Indrajit Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Newsletter at, or just email me at