Rising tide of anger sinks Rajapaksa’s chances

January 9, 2015 9:10 PM

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Rising tide of anger sinks Rajapaksa’s chances

After the election verdict became clear in Sri Lanka early Friday morning, Mahinda Rajapaksa quickly shifted from his presidential residence, Temple Tree, to a house offered by one of his friends, a businessman, in Colombo. For many observers, this hasty exit showed that Rajapaksa knew the extent of anger that his government had generated among people.

So what does Rajapaksa’s exit from the seat of power mean? Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, from the Centre for Policy Alternatives, a Colombo-based thinktank, said Rajapaksa’s defeat meant that people had finally got an opportunity to return to a democratic process and hope for better governance.

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