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Bad politics, bad management, bad luck: Why Sri Lanka reels

The roots of the country’s troubles are deep. Getting rid of the Rajapaksa clan won’t be enough to get Sri Lanka out of its predicament.

A person holds a placard demanding Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign on April 5, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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In the last years of the quarter century of civil war that ended in 2009, it is said the fish in the seas around Sri Lanka used to die of old age - to control arms smuggling fuelling the insurgency, Colombo had banned boats with outboard motors from putting out to sea.

These days, the boats aren't going out for another reason.

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