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Sacked Sri Lankan prime minister’s residence becomes symbol of power struggle

Supporters of ousted Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe shout slogans during a protest against his removal, near the Prime Minister’s official residence in Colombo. (AFP)

By: Sarwar Alam

The banquet hall at Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister’s official residence is packed with supporters — many sleeping on chairs and the floor — who have come to stand guard as he tussles for power with an old rival. Thousands of loyalists from across the country are camped out at the Temple Trees residence in Colombo, a colonial-era bungalow where Ranil Wickremesinghe has been holed up since his shock dismissal more than a week ago. Day and night they top up coconut oil lamps and keep jasmine-perfumed incense sticks burning in the 5,000-capacity banquet hall — usually reserved for state dinners and…

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