Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa with his supporters. Photo: Reuters

Sri Lanka election: former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother is running for president

  • Gotabaya was a powerful defence bureaucrat under his brother’s government, which defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels’ 26-year insurgency
  • He is a hero to many majority Sinhalese, who see him as a prospective strong leader, but is feared by minorities and victims of human rights abuses
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Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa with his supporters. Photo: Reuters
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