August 4, 2020

All in the family: Sri Lanka’s political Rajapaksa dynasty

Colombo (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa family will likely consolidate power after Wednesday’s parliamentary elections.The powerful clan has held sway over the country’s politics for decades, as well as having a major influence in key state institutions such as the national airline and state corporations.Close relatives have also been appointed to top diplomatic posts aborad. Here are the key members of the dynasty: ‘The Patriarch’Mahinda Rajapaksa, 74, is the patriarch of the family and served as prime minister in 2004 and then president from 2005 until January 2015.He was appointed prime minis…

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