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Basil Rajapaksa returns to Sri Lanka

Former Minister and SLPP national organiser Basil Rajapaksa returned to Sri Lanka on November 20th.

He returns to Sri Lanka after travelling to the United States in early september. 

A number of SLPP members including parliamentarians were at the BIA to welcome Rajapaksa who last served as Finance Minister before resigning in June as a SLPP National List MP and to make way for the appointment of business leader Dhammika Perera as a National List MP.  Basil quit after Prime Minister Mahinda
Rajapaksa stepped down in May whilst President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned in July. 

Basil Rajapaksa himself has a history of corruption and embezzlement. A 2007 leaked US embassy cable noted that Basil “worked for the Ministry of Mahaweli Development, where he earned the nickname "Mr. Ten Percent" for demanding a ten percent commission on every project”. “Embassy contacts say Basil has no close advisors and more enemies than friends in Sri Lanka because he makes a habit of trying to "buy people”,” the cable added, noting that at the time “Basil continues to be accused of significant corruption in his current position”. 

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