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Mahinda Rajapaksa: From war hero to target of angry crowds


Colombo, May 11 (UNI) He was a demigod for tens of thousands of Sri Lankans. Some people in the North Central Sri Lankan district of Anuradhapura still keep his picture next to their Buddha statue. Mahinda Rajapaksa was revered to that extent.

Many of them are still thankful for the 76-year-old seasoned politician for his role in ending a 26-year war, for his government’s initiative of subsidised fertilizer, and the infrastructure drive in their rural area which had been neglected by successive governments since independence from British colonial rulers in 1948, says a writeup about the former prime minister in economynext.com.

Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s president from 2005 to 2015 and four-time prime minister through 2004 to this Monday, built up one of Asia’s strongest political dynasties similar to the Philippines’ fallen dictator…

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