Sri Lanka

Return of Rajapaksa

Print edition : August 07, 2015

President Maithripala Sirisena addressing a press conference in Colombo on July 14. Photo: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP

Mahinda Rajapaksa, wearing red scarf, surrounded by his supporters at his residence at Medamulana village in the Southern province on July 1. Photo: AP

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s decision to contest the August 17 parliamentary elections exposes President Sirisena’s lack of control over the SLFP and triggers fears of a divisive campaign.

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