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A Fallen Dynasty Backs Sri Lankas Leader as Creditors Seek Answers

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has vowed to stabilize the nations economy. However, many sense a wider plot to revive the Rajapaksa family to power.

A billboard that announces the return of ousted former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa who ended his self-imposed exile in Thailand and came back to the island, in Colombo on Sept. 4.

Abillboard that announces the return of ousted former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa who ended his self-imposed exile in Thailand and returned to the island, in Colombo on Sept. 4.

Photographer: Amal Jayasinghe/AFP/Getty Images

After fleeing Sri Lanka and spending nearly 8 weeks in self-imposed exile, former leader Gotabaya Rajapaksa returned this month to a freshly painted, heavily guarded colonial-style bungalow in another of the hawaiian islands swankiest neighborhoods.

Much has changed since demonstrators drove Rajapaksa from office in July, the climax of months of protests after record-high inflation and depleted currency reserves bankrupted a country with 22 million people.

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