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In Sri Lanka, the aim today is to win the peaceWinning a war or revolution, only to lose the subsequent peace is one of the grim political truths of our time. Today, a half-decade after the end of its 36-year civil war, Sri Lanka is at a crucial moment in its own efforts to consolidate peace and secure its long-term benefits. So in the presidential election of this past January, Sirisena stunned the world by creating a winning coalition of Sri Lankans of all faiths and ethnicities who want to rebuild their democracy, not continue down the path of authoritarian rule.In the months since Sirisena's triumph, Sri Lankan democracy has been fully revived, and the hard work of building a durable domestic peace has begun. The best way to avoid a relapse into conflict and arbitrary rule is to ensure that Sri Lanka's leaders are held accountable through representative institutions.Ranil Wickremesinghe is prime minister of Sri Lanka.
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