Sri Lanka gets make-love Prime Minister, again

Sri Lanka’s flamboyant new Prime Minister carries a war general label, but he also touts one of the most fertile plans to bring peace to the fractured island — make more babies. Sri Lanka’s flamboyant new Prime Minister carries a war general label, but he also touts one of the most fertile plans to bring peace to the fractured island — make more babies. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, 73, who was sworn in as prime minister Monday by the new President Mahinda Rajapakse — his second stint in the post — has long been been a hardline nationalist.

As prime minister from 2000 to 2002, he advocated a baby boom among the majority Sinhalese community to try to increase the population and help security forces recruit more men to fight Tamil Tiger rebels.

Wickremanayake has aslo led the Buddhist affairs ministry and acted as defence minister.

An ardent critic of Sri Lanka’s peace broker Norway, he had even suggested that Oslo’s negotiators should pack their bags and leave without what he called interfering in the island’s internal affairs.

He blames the serious man-power shortage in the Sri Lankan military on decades of succesful family planning in this island which has