View from abroad : Sri Lanka’s presidential election heats up

December 8, 2014 6:53 AM

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View from abroad : Sri Lanka’s presidential election heats up

In Colombo, next month’s presidential election seems like a one-horse race, with giant posters of the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapakse, plastered all over town. Such is the prerogative of power.

Then, of course, there is the power of patronage: government officials have been presented with free motorcycles; others have received large pay hikes; and a friend who owns a small hotel recently got a 25 per cent rebate in his water bill. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The president and h...

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