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The Rajapaksas: Keeping it in the family

The Rajapaksa family is a Sri Lankan family that is prominent in politics.
The family has been in power for much of the past two decades.
The Rajapaksa family hails from Hambantota district in the south.
Don Alvin Rajapaksa married Dona Dandina Samarasinghe Dissanayake of Palatuwa, Matara. They had nine children – six boys and three girls. Their names are Chamal, Jayanthi, Mahinda, Tudor, Gotabaya, Basil, Dudley, Preethi and Gandani
Mahinda Rajapaksa is a former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
Mahinda Rajapaksa's father
His father, DA Rajapaksa was of that rare breed of simple politicians who did not lust after perks, posts and power. D.A, served as a member of parliament from Beliatta from 1947 to 1965. He then served as Cabinet Minister of Agriculture and Land in Wijeyyananda Dahanayak's reign.
However a third political family that came into its own in the 21st century has de-throned one dynasty and threatens to send the other dynasty into virtual extinction.
Mahinda Rajapaksa brother: Gotabaya Rajapaksa
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brothers Chamal, ex- PM Mahinda, and Basil are third-generation politicians, while the fourth generation is represented by Mahinda and Chamal’s sons Namal, Yositha and Shashindra.

Under the leadership of Gotabaya and Mahinda, the Rajapaksa clan has held charge of 11 ministries. Other family members have been accommodated in the PM and the President’s Secretariat. Los Angeles has at least one diplomatic post as consul general.
After Since then, the Rajapaksas have stamped their name so thoroughly on Sri Lanka’s government that it feels like a family enterprise — albeit a struggling one, with the economy in tatters and discontent rising.