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Volte-face politics in South Asia

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

Sri Lanka is not alone in sudden switches in loyalty by ambitious politicians

South Asia's modern political history is speckled with tales of worms that turned.

Back in the 1970s, when Pakistan's Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was at the height of his power, he often used to deride his handpicked army chief as "my monkey general". General Zia ul Haq not only toppled Mr Bhutto, but also hanged him, before dying eventually in a plane crash himself.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 09, 2018, with the headline 'Volte-face politics in South Asia'. Print Edition | Subscribe