COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s newly elected president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, may struggle to consolidate his victory.
With many govt powers clipped and the opposition in management of a robust Parliament, it is unclear when and the way Rajapaksa might be in a position to form a government.
Rajapaksa is credited with serving to finish the nation’s lengthy civil warfare and is revered as a hero by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority. He comfortably gained Saturday’s presidential election with about 52% of the ballots. However minorities largely voted for his opponent, fearing Rajapaksa as a result of of allegations of wartime human rights violations towards him.
Rajapaksa mentioned at his swearing-in on Monday that he would form his personal government.
However that depends upon whether or not Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe steps apart.
A 2015 constitutional modification curtails the powers of the presidency.


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