Sri Lankan president to seek second term
Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced Monday he would stand for a second term, reversing a promise to only stay for five years, media reports said.
The 72-year-old leader said he needed more time to fix Sri Lanka’s worsening economic crisis.
During his triumphant 2019 election campaign, Rajapaksa said he would be a one-term president.
He reaffirmed in March last year that one five-year term was sufficient to implement his ambitious manifesto, triggering a succession struggle within the powerful Rajapaksa family that dominates the government.