Internal revolt, charges of corruption, nepotism threaten Rajapaksa's kingly hold on Sri Lanka

January 3, 2015 5:30 AM

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Internal revolt, charges of corruption, nepotism threaten Rajapaksa's kingly hold on Sri Lanka

In this Dec. 24, 2014 photo, supporters hold portraits of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and cheer during an election campaign rally in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was the president hailed as a king after crushing the Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009 and ending the island nation's 25-year civil war. But an internal revolt now threatens Rajapaksa's hold on power. Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, a close Rajapaksa aide and the No. 2 person in the president's Freedom Party, defected in a secretly choreographed news conference in late November, announcing he would run as an opposition candidate in the Jan. 8, 2015 election. Posters read " Leader of the Common.” (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) (The Associated Press)

In this Dec. 24, 2014 photo, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, center, attends an election campaign rally in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was the president hailed as a king after crushing the Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009 and ending the island nation's 25-year civil war. But an internal revolt now thre...

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