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The brother who is certainly a contender

Daily Mirror Editorial Former Defence Secretary and brother of ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya, got a hint that he could be the next possible candidate from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) for future elections.  Former President Rajapaksa told The Hindu in an interview that though he will lead the SLPP there was the likelihood that … Continue reading

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Military and Politics: A Scene worth watching

by Jayadeva Uyangoda – Sunday Observer The relationship between Sri Lanka’s military politics is a topic that gets occasional media attention. However, there is hardly any serious scholarly work on the subject, despite the fact that maintaining a framework of balance in civil-military relations during and after the civil war has surely been a major … Continue reading

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Now it’s the Tamils (for gota’s agenda)

Now it’s the Tamils Daily News Editorial Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, it appears, is well launched on his campaign to woo the minorities. First it was the Muslims who were hosted to Ifthar. At the time we wrote in these spaces that the Rajapaksas were trying to make amends after having angered the Muslim … Continue reading

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Gota for president?

Island Eitorial Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s name is being increasingly mentioned in various media reports, both in print and on television, as the most likely contender for the presidency from the Rajapaksa camp. Everybody knows that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, hobbled by the previous two-term limit he lifted by a constitutional amendment fared disastrously … Continue reading

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Dictators: Others’ and Ours

Why Sri Lanka is in a tight spot over a strong leader Daily Mirror Many people reject only the dictatorship of others and not of those they support In a country where oppression of others’ views had been the norm, a wider democratic space is deemed to be an indication of weakness of the establishment … Continue reading

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