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Former Sri Lankan strongman will run for parliamentary seat

Former Sri Lankan strongman, defeated in presidential race, will run for parliamentary seat

Former Sri Lankan strongman will run for parliamentary seat

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.


Updated : 2021-09-21 07:39 GMT+08:00