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Pandemic helps Sri Lanka president bypass dissolved parliament

Critics see 'constitutional crisis' with opposition to Rajapaksa neutralized

Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has reacted in military fashion to the COVID-19 pandemic, and marginalized the parliamentary majority ahead of elections.     © Reuters

BANGKOK -- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is enjoying an extended political honeymoon in Sri Lanka with his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic -- his first major test five months into his inaugural term.

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