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Sri Lanka’s stunned silence

Can a new President ignore the voters who gave him power?

Sri Lanka's incoming President Maithripala Sirisena waves to supporters as he leaves the election secretariat in Colombo. © Eranga Jayawardena/AP/Press Association Images

There were no families strolling down the Galle Face on the seafront in Colombo. The vendors had packed away the deep fried balls of unidentifiable shellfish that they usually hawk from rickety carts. And instead, a large group of uniformed policemen lolled about ominously on the…

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