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Who are the Rajapaksas? A look at the family's vast political network

MARWAAN MACAN-MARKAR, Asia regional correspondent | Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan

During his near-decadelong presidency, Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa grew a political dynasty, steadily appointing family members to government posts. By one conservative estimate, he and two brothers controlled over 50% of the national budget. Here, a snapshot of the Rajapaksa clan's key positions between 2005 and 2015, when Mahinda was ousted from office.

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