Colombo: Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in because the prime minister for the fourth time Sunday after his occasion secured a landslide victory in parliamentary elections that cemented his household’s maintain on energy.
Rajapaksa took the oath earlier than his youthful brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, at a distinguished Buddhist temple on the outskirts of the capital Colombo.
Mahinda Rajapaksa served because the island nation’s president from 2005 to 2015 and is extremely fashionable among the many ethnic majority Sinhalese for ending the nation’s 25-year civil battle towards Tamil rebels in 2009.
He was first elected prime minister in 2004 and once more appointed for temporary durations in 2018 and 2019.
Sri Lanka Individuals’s Entrance — the occasion led by the Rajapaksa brothers — received 145 seats within the 225-member Parliament within the election final Wednesday. Its primary opponent obtained solely 54 seats. A celebration representing ethnic minority Tamils received 10 seats, and 16 others have been break up amongst 12 small events.
The victory gave the Rajapaksa brothers practically the two-third majority of seats required to make constitutional modifications that might strengthen dynastic rule within the nation.
This time, 5 members of the Rajapaksa household have been elected as lawmakers— Rajapaksa, his son Namal, the eldest brother Chamal and his son Sashindra, and a nephew, Nipuna Ranawaka.
The brothers want 150 seats to have the ability to change the structure. At the very least 4 small events collaborate with the Rajapaksas’ occasion, so they seem to have mustered that assist.
Nonetheless, analysts say any try by Gotabaya Rajapaksa to push for modifications that can strengthen presidential powers on the expense of the prime minister might set off sibling rivalry.
Sri Lanka had been dominated by highly effective government presidents since 1978. However a 2015 constitutional modification strengthened Parliament and the prime minister and put unbiased commissions answerable for judiciary appointments, police, public companies and the conduct of elections.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected president final November after projecting himself as the one chief who might safe the nation after the Islamic State-inspired bombings of church buildings and accommodations on Easter Sunday that killed 269 folks. Since being elected, he has stated he needed to work beneath many restrictions due to the constitutional modifications.
Nonetheless, Mahinda Rajapaksa is unlikely to cede any of his powers that may shrink his affect as he works on selling his son Namal as inheritor. Namal and three different family members are prone to management key features within the new administration.
The landslide victory additionally raises fears of weakening authorities establishments reminiscent of unbiased commissions.