Sri Lanka's Strongman Battling For Survival in Election

January 30, 2015 12:28 AM

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Sri Lanka's Strongman Battling For Survival in Election

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse appeared unstoppable after overseeing a crushing defeat of Tamil guerrillas, but charges of corruption, nepotism and war crimes have dogged his second term in office.

Rajapakse, who is seeking an unprecedented third term at the helm, ruthlessly pursued the Tamil Tigers after taking power in 2005, earning a reputation as a strongman leader.

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