Sri Lanka's all-powerful Rajapaksa family has completed its bounce back to power by winning a two-thirds majority in parliamentary elections, final results showed Friday.
Formerly a police officer, he once served as a personal bodyguard to Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world's first female prime minister.
Sri Lankan Civil WarAlthough styling himself as a man of peace and a willing negotiator, Rajapaksa signaled his intention to end the peace process once in power by forging an alliance with the Sinhalese nationalist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the Jathika Hela Urumaya. The JVP had opposed the original 2002 peace process as treasonous.
During his rule, Sri Lanka also moved closer to China, borrowing almost US$7 billion (S$9.6 billion) for infrastructure projects - many of which turned into white elephants mired in corruption.
Formerly a police officer, he once served as a personal bodyguard to Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world's first woman prime minister.
While my mother tongue is Sinhala, let me elaborate a few thoughts in Tamil. Sinhala and Tamil are the two languages of the people of Sri Lanka. Both these have been used through the centuries, are rich in literature, and are widely used in my country, with recognition as Official Languages.
Following the death of his father in 1967, Rajapaksa took over as the SLFP candidate for Beliatta constituency and was elected to Parliament in 1970 as the youngest Member of Parliament at just 24. Later he studied law at the Sri Lanka Law College and took oaths as an attorney-at-law in November 1977. Throughout his parliamentary career, except for the period from 1994-2001 when he was a minister, he continued his law practice in Tangalle
Mr. Percy Mahendra “Mahinda” Rajapaksa is the current president of Sri Lanka. He was born on November 18, 1945. Mr. Rajapaksa is the 6th President of Sri Lanka, he also Commander in Chief of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.
Percy Mahinda Rajapaksa, commonly known as Mahinda Rajapaksa is the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and Minister of Finance since 2019. He was previously the President of Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2015 and was the Leader of the Opposition from 2002 to 2004 and 2018 to 2019. He was also a Member of Parliament (MP) for Kurunegala since 2015.
Last but not the least, post the Easter Sunday bombings in April 2019, the Rajapaksas have been able to win over the voters’ confidence, promising them a stable government and spiritual guidance. It has to now ensure that it gives prime focus on defence and security to keep the country safe.
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