A Close Run Race with Major Geopolitical, Regional and National Impact

What ever be the outcome – Sri Lankan people have ostensibly two choices – one a young and liberal Sajith Premadasa and another an older but  muscular Gotabaya Rajapaksa representing the old order the most dominant family in Sri Lankan politics in contemporary times.

Sri Lanka is holding the he 8th presidential election on 16 November 2019 [tomorrow].

In what is seen to be keenly contested polls in which two candidates espousing different political philosophies though drawn from traditional family political base of the country – the venerable Rajapaksa brothers who were dominant in Sri Lanka politics for over ten years when the eldest sibling Mahenda Rajapaksa was the President and the family’s presidential candidate Gotabaya (Gota) Rajapaksa a Defence Secretary during the long civil war attempting to ride the wave of disappointment over the security establishments somnolence prior to the Easter Sunday terrorist attack on 21 April.

Gotabaya is challenged by Sajith Premadasa who is the housing minister and deputy chairman of the ruling United National Party (UNP), fielded by National Democratic Front (NDF)..................

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