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As a 24-year-old novice politician armed with a law degree and a famous father, he won over to enter parliament for the first time in 1970. The same voters backed him in 2005 when, after a year as prime minister, he stood for president, and still back him now. Rajapaksa, now in his eighth year of power, is much reviled – at least in the west.
In five short years Mahinda Rajapaksa has transformed Sri Lanka, almost beyond recognition. It redefines Sri Lanka as a country of One Nation, One People, One Leader; patriotism is loyalty to the One Leader who embodies the spirit of the One Nation and expresses the will of the One People. By implicitly transferring the sovereignty of the nation and the people on to the leader, it has enabled the creation of a National Security State, with a difference.
The incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa will contest as the UPFA candidate, seeking an unprecedented third term. He has also received the backing of a number of small constituent parties of the UPFA including the Ceylon Workers' Congress, Communist Party, Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP), National Freedom Front, National Union of Workers and the Up-Country People's Front.
The main players of this Presidential race will be the minority votes of the Tamils and Muslims or speaking in terms of “Political jargon”, the votes of the Tamil speaking Minorities. The people voted UPFA and the betel leaf because they wanted to vote the President to victory. Again he has come before the people. Mahinda Rajapaksa is NOT a politician made, he is a LEADER. Whatever may be said about the President, the people have a soft corner for him in their hearts. The success of the UPFA in all elections is NOT the political popularity of it’s members or parliamentarians (MP’s). It was “Apey Janadipathithuma”.
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Rajapaksa, now in his eighth year of power, is much reviled – at least in the west.
Submitted on: 2014-12-05 02:29:30