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A chance to put Sri Lanka in order

Things have gone terribly wrong with Sri Lanka's politics, ethnic relations, economy and foreign policy. The regime change offers fresh opportunity.

Supporters holding up images of Mr Sirisena as they celebrate in the streets of Colombo last week. The new government is extremely diverse and could easily fall apart.

IN NOVEMBER last year, Sri Lanka's then president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, called a snap election believing he would cruise to a third term in power. But, out of the blue, a hitherto feeble and divided opposition united around a common presidential candidate, Maithripala Sirisena. Against most odds,