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Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa restoration is complete. What comes next?

Government may have to rely on new Chinese loans to avert a macroeconomic crisis

| Sri Lanka
Xi Jinping waves next to Mahinda Rajapaksa, pictured in September 2014: there is a real possibility that Sri Lanka will rely on Chinese loans to avert a macroeconomic crisis.   © Reuters

Razeen Sally is visiting associate professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is author of "Return to Sri Lanka: Travels in a Paradoxical Island."

Sri Lanka's parliamentary election on August 5 delivered a thumping victory for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his older brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, or SLPP, party. Following Gotabaya Rajapaksa's decisive victory in the presidential election last November, what does the Rajapaksa family's unlimited rule portend for Sri Lanka and its external relations?

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