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Why Sri Lanka’s chaos matters

By Lisa Van Dusen      

While the entirely avoidable chaos unfolding in Western democracies sucks up all the oxygen, something important is happening in one of China’s purchased pearls.

Chaos in the Sri Lankan Parliament last week was generated by the return of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, pictured in 2014, in the form of a stunning hostile takeover as an unelected prime minister, writes Lisa Van Dusen. United Nations photograph by Evan Schneider

The latest entry in the global parliamentary brawl reel, the political junkies’ equivalent of piano-playing cat, came from Colombo, Sri Lanka, last week. It played out over two days and included broken chairs, projectile chili paste, and a pile-on of Ukrainian proportions.

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