August 4, 2020

Rajapaksa brothers look to tighten grip in Sri Lanka polls

Colombo (AFP) – Sri Lankans head to the polls Wednesday with the ruling Rajapaksa brothers looking for a super-majority in parliament to change the constitution and unravel democratic safeguards.Political observers say the siblings — renowned for their ruthless crushing of Tamil separatist rebels to end a decades-old conflict in 2009 – want to end presidential term limits, bring the judiciary and police under their direct control, and extend their dynastic power to a new generation.The Rajapaksa political dynasty, a long-time force in Sri Lanka, dramatically stormed back to power in November …


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