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The Godfather from Colombo: Down but not out yet? Rise & fall of the Rajapaksas is a morality tale

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The letter of resignation ostensibly allows President Gotabaya to assemble a cabinet. However, the PM’s resignation, like those of his siblings and son last month, appears intended to buy time while the Rajapaksa family liquidates its enormous assets and gradually moves to safer shores. India has however quashed all suggestions that Mahinda and family have received sanctuary here.

Rajapaksas belong to one of the two most powerful political dynasties in post-independence Sri Lanka, the other being the Bandaranaikes. However, no other political dynasty across South Asia has been as brazenly nepotistic as the Rajapaksas. Or faced as many charges of corrupt practices.

During Mahinda’s second term as President, between 2010 and 2015, there were more than 40 Rajapaksa family members in various government posts. Many later faced enquiries for financial fraud after his government was voted out. Basil, also a US citizen, was arrested, while his wife and daughter were questioned. When Gotabaya was elected President in November 2019, a total of 11 ministries, including the crucial Finance portfolio to Basil, were entrusted to the charge of the immediate family and extended clan. Other family members have been accommodated in the PM and President’s secretariats.

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ಸತ್ಯದ ಪಥಕ್ಕೆ ಬಲ ತುಂಬಲು ದೇಣಿಗೆ ನೀಡಿ. ನಿಮ್ಮಗಳ ಬೆಂಬಲವೇ ನಮಗೆ ಬಲ. ಈ ಕೆಳಗಿನ ಲಿಂಕ್ ಮೂಲಕ ದೇಣಿಗೆ ನೀಡಿ

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