One year later, strong­man Ra­japaksa eyes come­back

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COLOMBO | A year af­ter los­ing Sri Lanka’s pres­i­dency in a stunning elec­toral up­set, strong­man Mahinda Ra­japaksa is mak­ing un­usual po­lit­i­cal moves to re­gain power in the South Asian is­land na­tion — through a newly launched po­lit­i­cal party in which he has no ac­tual stake.

Not yet, any­way.

Mr. Ra­japaksa has yet to leave his old party, now led by the for­mer ally who ousted him at the polls, but it’s clear he is qui­etly in con­trol of the new Sri Lanka Po­du­jana Per­a­muna party, which trans­lates as the Sri Lanka Peo­ple’s Front. It’s headed by Mr. Ra­japaksa’s for­mer for­eign min­is­ter, Gamini Peiris. Mr. Ra­japaksa’s brother and for­mer eco­nomic af­fairs min­is­ter, Basil Ra­japaksa, holds high rank.

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