August 5, 2020

Rajapaksa family set to consolidate power in Sri Lanka after virus-hit polls

Colombo (AFP) – Sri Lankans voted in large numbers Wednesday despite the coronavirus pandemic as the ruling Rajapaksa brothers sought to expand their mandate through the virus-delayed parliamentary polls.The election — postponed twice due to the epidemic — closed at 5:00 pm local time (1130 GMT) after 10 hours of voting, with strict hygiene measures in place to prevent the spread of the disease.President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his older brother Mahinda, the prime minister, are seeking a two-thirds parliamentary majority to roll back constitutional changes introduced by the previous administr…


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