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Brothers at odds, but ruling family still holds key to Sri Lanka’s future

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By Alasdair Pal and Devjyot Ghoshal COLOMBO (Reuters) – It was the moment when two brothers who had dominated Sri Lanka’s politics for nearly 20 years finally went their separate ways. On May 9, when a crowd of ruling party supporters marched towards activists protesting against a crippling economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa ordered police to stop the pro-government mob, fearing violence. “He was screaming at the police to disperse the crowd,” said former media minister Nalaka Godahewa, who said he was with the president at the time. Despite the president’s order, the demonstrations…

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