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Reconciliation is for him a foreign word

As Gotobaya Rajapaksa saw that he was no longer to take the victory, didn he triumph howl. Instead, the 70-recommended-Year-old on Twitter as a caring father of the Nation. He wanted to take everyone on the journey into a new Era, promised Rajapaksa, was sworn in on Monday as the new head of state (read here more about the elections in Sri Lanka).

Sri Lanka have suffered for millions of people under 26 years of civil war, it fought with the separatist Tamil Tigers against the Buddhist Sinhalese-dominated state, a conflict that was hard to beat in brutality hardly to. Since ten years of silence on the fields of battle, but the wounds in the heads were never able to heal. Now that one has, such as Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the election won, will inspire these people have no Confidence. Because the winner supports nationalist reflexes in the Buddhist-majority nation, the Sinhalese.

For the interests of the Tamils, these voters are interested in is hardly. Bet that Rajapaksa will secure the dominance of the religious-ethnic majority. The new President promises a robust Central state, guaranteeing at the same time, the dominance of Buddhism.

bad memories

In this election, Rajapaksa benefited but also by a widespread feeling of fear that had crept in April in the heads. At Easter, Islamist suicide bombers, more than 250 people died in the attacks on churches and a luxury hotel (read beat to you more about the stops in April). In the shock after the terrorist Anger mixed about the Ruling, which acted negligently. Warnings from the intelligence services they had overlooked or not taken seriously. This failure retaliated and washed Rajapaksa in the favor of the voters quickly to the top. As a former Minister of defence, he seemed made for the role of a guard. Since there was nothing more that he any Talent for stirring Speeches is missing.

As the Rajapaksas from 2005 to 2015 were, disappeared oppositionists and journalists.

Gotabaya now wants to carry his brother Mahinda to the office of Prime Minister. If that succeeds, return the Rajapaksas in double thickness. For some this is a scary idea. Because reconciliation, Gotabaya language so far, not much. What he said and did, conveyed more of the message: forget it, move on.

While Rajapakas followers believe, he will give lame economic boost that awakens the return of the clan for critics, gloomy memories. As the Rajapaksas were from 2005 to 2015 in Power, disappeared oppositionists and journalists nachspürten, the allegations of corruption. The Symbol of the Repression of the infamous white vans were kidnapped, with those people. In this time also the fear of Gotabaya, who is now moved to the top of the state grew.

The Clan supported his Power at that time on a close Alliance with China. Beijing bought with loans valuable influence in the Indian ocean, what particularly alarmed India. These Concerns are awakening again, and it is not certain whether the new President will be as close to China as once-brother Mahinda. Gotabaya also has good Connections in the USA, which nourishes hopes that Colombo could balance its interests in the future between Washington and Beijing.

Created: 18.11.2019, 19:02 PM

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