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Rajapaksa becomes Sri Lanka’s main opposition leader 

Mahinda Rajapaksa (Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images).

By: Keerthi Mohan

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday (18) became Sri Lanka’s main opposition leader in Parliament, just days after he quit from his post as prime minister. Rajapaksa, 73, replaced veteran Tamil leader of the main Tamil party R Sampanthan who held the position from 2015. His appointment was announced by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in Parliament. Rajapaksa’s appointment as prime minister has put the island nation in political turmoil. the constitutional crisis began in October after president Maithripala Sirisena appointed former president and member of parliament Rajapaksa as prime minister before formally dismissing the incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe. Wickremesinghe refused to step down,…

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