Rajapakse bows out, ending Sri Lanka power struggle
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Rajapakse was defeated in a no-confidence motion last month. (AFP pic)
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s crisis looked over on Saturday as strongman Mahinda Rajapakse bowed out of a power battle that had crippled the strategically located island for seven weeks and sent it heading for a possible debt default.
Rajapakse held a multi-religious service at his home where he signed a letter backing down from the post of prime minister controversially conferred on him on Oct 26.
The 73-year-old ex-president made no immediate statement to reporters, but his aides said he was returning a fleet of limousines he had used since his disputed appointment.
President Maithripala Sirisena triggered the political turmoil by sacking premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and replacing him with his flamboyant former foe Rajapakse.
But Wickremesinghe refused to step down insisting that his sacking was illegal, leaving the Indian Ocean nation of 21 million people with two men claiming the premiership….