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Mixed scorecard for Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime

There have been positive developments three months into the new administration, but ominous signs remain

Mixed scorecard for Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (center) looks on as military personnel parade during Sri Lanka's 72nd Independence Day celebrations in Colombo on Feb. 4. (Photo: AFP)

Published: February 13, 2020 09:47 AM GMT

Updated: February 13, 2020 09:48 AM GMT

It will be three months in mid-February since Gotabaya Rajapaksa took the helm as president of Sri Lanka and we already notice positive developments concerning good governance.

Many promises were made during that time to tackle corruption by giving priority to the development of the economy.

Rajapaksa seems to have drawn up plans with his close associates and with those who supported him when he was defense secretary during his elder brother’s administration, when he had the Urban Development Authority under his control beautifying the cities.

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The simplicity in his style of leading is something that should be appreciated. Top officials did not go for imported vehicles and there will be fewer motorcades blocking the roads when ministers attend to their duties.

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