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ormer President Mahinda Rajapakse reacts before signing a document backing down from his controversial appointment as Prime Minister in Colombo on Friday. Sri Lanka’s strongman leader bowed down ending an unprecedented constitutional crisis that sparked international concern in the strategically-placed Indian Ocean island.
(PIX BY LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP)

Rajapaksa bows out,

ending Sri Lanka

power struggle


(Colombo, Dec, 15 AFP) -Sri Lanka’s crisis looked over on Saturday as strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa bowed out of a power battle that had crippled the island nation 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 October 26.

Hours after the receiving blessings from the clergy, the 73-year-old ex-president sounded bitter and vowed to make a comeback at local council elections.

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