Sri Lanka”s newly elected president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, may struggle to consolidate his victory.
With many executive powers clipped and the opposition in control of a powerful Parliament, it”s unclear when and how Rajapaksa will be able to form a government.
Rajapaksa is credited with helping end the country”s long civil war and is revered as a hero by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority. He comfortably won Saturday”s presidential election with about 52% of the ballots. But minorities largely voted for his opponent, fearing Rajapaksa because of allegations of wartime human rights violations against him.
Rajapaksa said at his swearing-in on Monday that he would form his own government.
But that depends on whether Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe steps aside.
A 2015 constitutional amendment curtails the powers of the presidency.