Sri Lanka president: Keeping a dynasty alive

A Supreme Court ruling Friday ended the President’s term a year earlier than she expected, but it may not be the end of her career or the demise of the political dynasty. A Supreme Court ruling Friday ended the President’s term a year earlier than she expected, but it may not be the end of her career or the demise of the political dynasty. Chandrika Kumaratunga, 60, had hours before the decision of the highest court held that she will retire as president only late next year, but her hopes were shattered by a unanimous court ruling.

There was no immediate reaction from Kumaratunga to the decision that cleared the way for elections to be held before November 21. the constitution does not allow her to offer herself for re-election for a third term.

However, a top aide said she would continue to enjoy a “decision making role” in the party and will be a powerful political figure.

“We see a very active political role even after she leaves office as president,” Kumaratunga loyalist Mangala Samaraweera told AFP. “She has already accepted to take up a decision making role in the party.”

Samaraweera who is also the Aviation and Shipping Minister said their Sr