August 5, 2020

Rajapaksa brothers seek to consolidate power in virus-delayed Sri Lanka vote

Colombo (AFP) – Sri Lankans turned out in large numbers to vote in parliamentary elections Wednesday despite the coronavirus pandemic, as the ruling Rajapaksa brothers sought a fresh mandate to cement their grip on power.The parliamentary election had been postponed twice due to the virus epidemic, but finally got under way at 7:00 am (0130 GMT) with strict hygiene measures in place to prevent the spread of the disease.The siblings are seeking a two-thirds majority to roll back constitutional changes introduced by the previous administration that limit the president’s powers.Analysts expect th…


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