The Rajapaksa family’s prior rule was stained by allegations of human-rights violations and corruption

A controversial political dynasty that made Sri Lanka a centerpiece of China’s efforts to expand its influence in Asia and defeated an insurgency is aiming to reclaim power in this island nation.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who as defense secretary spearheaded the effort to crush a 3-decade-long revolt during his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule from 2005 to 2015, is now running for president in the Nov. 16 elections. more..

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