SRI LANKA

Routing Rajapaksa

Print edition : February 20, 2015

Mahinda Rajapaksa at a rally in Colombo on January 5. Photo: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP

Finding common cause: (From left) Ranil Wickremesinghe, Maithripala Sirisena, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and former commander of the army Sarath Fonseka during the signing of the memorum of understanding, in Colombo on December 1, 2014. Photo: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Campaign posters of Rajapaksa which promise 'development', in Colombo on December 31. Photo: Eranga Jayawardena/AP

Rajapaksa, the president who would be king, subverted every democratic institution to serve his personal ends. It took a coalition of ethnic and religious minorities and a substantial section of the Sinhala majority to end his dreams of political immortality.
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