Sri Lanka's Silva lining

Sri Lanka's deputy minister of foreign affairs, Dr Harsha de Silva, discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the coalition government.
Dr Harsha de Silva
Dr Harsha de Silva

In the year since Sri Lanka's strongman president Mahinda Rajapaksa was ousted from power, a new coalition government has tried to form a national economic and political consensus.

One of its leading lights is Dr Harsha de Silva, a former economist and politician who was an outspoken critic of the previous regime. 

De Silva is regarded as one of the country's foremost up-and-coming politicians. He is also part of a generation of educated Sri Lankans who have started entering politics en masse for the first time.

With the three-decade long civil war finally at an end, these newly-minted MP's share a belief...

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