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At the seafront luxury two-storied house of a young politician in the deep south, with powerful friends of his own age, the discussion with a group of supporters was hush hush.

It began with how best to persuade President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to retain in office Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister. The well-manicured garden around the house was more than an acre in extent. They felt so secure, the conversation extended to more controversial areas.

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