Thursday, 11 February 2010

could someone please tell Mahinda Rajapaksa he's won the election

in the recent sri lankan elections, the incumbent, mahinda rajapaksa was elected president with a convincing majority of the vote. unfortunately, nobody seems to have told the new president. as a consequence, he has just pulled off a classic coup d'etat arresting his rival, sarath fonseka and dissolving parliament.

general fonseka was dragged from his home by dozens of soldiers after those close to him in the military were forced to resign. this comes amidst a brutal crackdown on freedom of speech in which anyone critical of the government has been silenced. the disolution of the sri lankan parliament is another milestone on the country's road to dictatorship and given the country's history of internal violence, does not bode well for its future. what a bloody mess.