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Rajapaksa names his brother as Prime Minister

AFP/Colombo
Filed on November 20, 2019 | Last updated on November 20, 2019 at 10.20 pm

(Reuters)

A spokesman for the new administration said Mahinda, 74, will be sworn in by the 70-year-old Gotabaya.

Newly elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday named his brother Mahinda as Prime Minister, cementing the grip on power of a clan credited with brutally crushing the Tamil Tigers a decade ago.

Mahinda, a two-term president himself, will be sworn in as PM on Thursday following the resignation of Ranil Wickremesinghe after his party suffered a humiliating defeat at the weekend's presidential polls.

The Rajapaksa brothers ruthlessly destroyed the Tamil Tigers to end Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war, with the security services they controlled accused of war crimes and multiple human rights abuses. A spokesman for the new administration said Mahinda, 74, will be sworn in by the 70-year-old Gotabaya.


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