Political Horoscope of Opposition

Political Horoscope of Opposition

Presidential elections are expected in September or October, following a period of economic crisis in 2022. Political and economic stability has been fragile, with the government implementing austerity measures and seeking assistance from international organizations.

The country experiences political uncertainty with policy decisions leading to polarization. The government’s move towards authoritarianism, controversies such as the Online Safety Bill, and scandals have made it vulnerable.


Main Opposition: Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB): Led by Sajith Premadasa, the SJB criticizes the government’s policies. However, internal divisions arise as the party’s economic policy aligns with IMF engagement, leading to criticism from left-wing members.

Left-Wing: National People’s Power (NPP): Popular for tapping into public discontent, the NPP opposes economic reforms, supports public ownership, and advocates for anti-corruption measures. It is viewed as a frontrunner in the upcoming elections.

Minority Politics: ITAK: Changes in leadership within the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) signal a shift in Tamil parties’ strategies. The focus is now on autonomy and federalism, challenging previous negotiation-based approaches with major parties.

Overall Political Landscape: Alliances with minority parties become crucial for major parties. The SLPP, SJB, and NPP are expected to vie for minority votes. The opposition faces challenges as some groups within it disagree with minority parties’ ideologies.

Future Uncertainty: Sri Lanka faces a complex situation with economic recovery, political stability, and foreign policy considerations. The effectiveness of political messaging, alliances, and responses to public disaffection will shape the outcome of the elections.

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