Thousands of Sri Lankans take to streets in support of new government led by former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa

Thousands of Sri Lankans marched on Monday in support of a new government led by the country’s former strongman, highlighting the political polarisation in the Indian Ocean island nation.
The rally near parliament comes amid a constitutional crisis sparked by President Maithripala Sirisena’s move to oust prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, replace him with ex-leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and suspend parliament.
Wickremesinghe has refused to vacate his official residence, insisting he…