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Sri Lankan president to name pro-China brother prime minister

Rajapaksa clan's return to power provides boost for Beijing

MUMBAI -- Sri Lanka's new president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is preparing to appoint his older brother Mahinda as prime minister after the incumbent leader resigns from the post on Thursday.

The current prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, leads the largest party in parliament, the United National Party. But Gotabaya Rajapaksa defeated UNP candidate Sajith Premadasa in the presidential election Saturday. The loss prompted several cabinet ministers to announce their resignation, and all eyes were on the prime minister.

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