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Sri Lanka will not resolve its political crisis without elections

President Ranil Wickremasinghe is struggling without a public mandate

| Sri Lanka
Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo on Sept. 3: Wickremasinghe is a proxy president in the eyes of protesters.   © NurPhoto/Getty Images

Salman Rafi Sheikh is a researcher with the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London and the author of "The Genesis of Baloch Nationalism: Politics and Ethnicity in Pakistan, 1947-1977."

Much of Sri Lanka rejoiced when Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned the presidency in July after rampant protests forced him to flee the country.

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