Sri Lanka bets on casino magnate to revive wrecked economy


People wait to buy kerosene at a gas station amid a fuel shortage in Colombo. – EPA pic, June 22, 2022.

SRI Lankan casino magnate Dhammika Perera entered parliament today with a mandate to revive the bankrupt island nation’s wrecked economy – working alongside a premier who once accused him of corruption.

The 54-year-old Perera is a long-time loyalist of the powerful Rajapaksa clan, whom protesters have accused of mismanaging the country into its current predicament.


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