The Rajapaksa family has dominated Sri Lanka for the past two decades. The Sri Lankan government includes not only the Rajapaksa brothers but also other family members.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa with his brother and Sri Lankan President Gotabayo Rajapaksa. Twitter
At this time in Sri Lanka, there seems to be more ‘Family Raj’ than ‘Sarkar Raj’. The hold of the Rajapaksa family in the government is getting stronger. Mahinda Rajapaksa is the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the President of the country. Not only this, there is also the threat of Rajapaksa brothers in the cabinet. At present, not only 1-2 members of the Rajapaksa family, but the entire seven members of the Rajapaksa family, occupy high positions in the government. There is also an uproar in the Sri Lankan cabinet regarding this.
The Rajapaksa family has dominated Sri Lanka for the past two decades. Mahinda Rajapaksa has also been the President for 10 years. The Sri Lankan government includes not only the Rajapaksa brothers, but also other family members. Basil Rajapaksa, the youngest brother of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, joined the cabinet last week. He took oath as the new Finance Minister of the country. The interesting thing is that Basil Rajapaksa has reached the post of minister without contesting elections. Let’s know the full story of the Rajapaksa family…
Mahinda Rajapakse: First President now Prime Minister
Mahinda Rajapaksa was the President of Sri Lanka for 10 years. In the year 2018, Mahinda Rajapaksa took over as the Prime Minister of the country in October, 2018 after political drama and turmoil in Parliament. But after the political turmoil, he had to resign in December. In 2019, when his brother became the President, Mahinda was again elected Prime Minister. Apart from the Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa has many other important ministries.
finance minister also brother
On Thursday, another brother of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa, was sworn in as the new Finance Minister of the country. With this, the top three positions of the country were occupied by the Rajapaksa family. Chamal Rajapaksa is the eldest of the Rajapaksa brothers. 78-year-old Chamal Rajapaksa is the Minister of State for Home and National Security and Natural Disasters along with Irrigation Minister. After this comes the number of the second generation.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa becomes President
Mahinda Rajapaksa’s younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected the 8th President of Sri Lanka. He has also been the Defense Minister of the country. He is the first person in the country who, despite being from a military background, became the President. After becoming the President in 2019, he first cleared the way for his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa to become the Prime Minister. Still, he has kept the post of Defense Minister with him.
Prime Minister’s son Sports Minister
Talking about the second generation of Mahinda Rajapaksa, it starts with his son Namal Rajapaksa. Namal has also been the captain of Sri Lanka’s rugby team. At present he is the youth and sports minister of the country. Apart from this, the Ministry of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development is also with him. Shashindra, the son of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s elder brother Chamal, is also involved in the government. He has been made a minister of state and has organic food, paddy, vegetables, fruits, chillies, onions, potatoes, seeds and hi-tech agriculture departments. Another nephew of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Nipuna Ranawaka has also joined the government.