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Family Politics in Sri Lanka(2022_2_40_003)


Gotabaya Rajapakse won the Sri Lankan presidential election in 2019. Gotabaya not only appointed his brother Mahinda, who engaged in authoritarian politics as president during 2005?2015, as prime minister, but also filled the administration’s top posts with his family members. How did the Rajapakse clan, who lost power in 2015, regain it? Why did the people return the Rajapakse family to power? In this study, the structure and dynamics of authoritarian politics in Sri Lanka will be elucidated through analysis of the power base and political methods of the Rajapakse family.


April 2022 - March 2024

Leader of the Research Project

Arai, Etsuyo


Book published by IDE (Japanese)