COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's former strongman leader, defeated in this year's?presidential election, says he's re-entering politics and contesting a Parliament?seat in August.
Mahinda Rajapaksa told his supporters at his village in southern Sri Lanka on Wednesday that he's heeding demands from his supporters to return.
Rajapaksa lost the Jan. 8 election to his former health minister, Maithripala Sirisena, who contested as the common opposition candidate. Sirisena won the election on a pledge of full-scale political reforms, but has faced resistance from lawmakers loyal to Rajapaksa in implementing them.?
Rajapaksa's decision may hamper hopes of Sirisena in electing a new parliament cooperative to him.