Fortunes of Sri Lanka's once-powerful ex-president and family collapse after electoral defeat

January 22, 2015 3:00 PM

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Fortunes of Sri Lanka's once-powerful ex-president and family collapse after electoral defeat

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 file photo, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attends his final public rally for the presidential elections in Kesbewa, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Their friends have deserted them. Their houses have been raided. Their power, near-absolute on this island nation just a month ago, has melted away, replaced with talk that some in the family could face charges of corruption and perhaps even murder. And former President Rajapaksa and his family - the brothers, son, nephews and cousins who have dominated Sri Lanka for nearly a decade - are suddenly portraying themselves as victims. Rajapaksa lost the January 8 presidential election to his former ally Maithripala Sirisena. (AP Photo/Sanka Gayashan, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 file photo, Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena takes the oath of office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Their friends have deserted them. Their houses have been raided. Their power, near-absolute on this island nation just a month ago, has melted away, replaced...

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