"Wary of political allies, Mr Rajapakse has appointed his three brothers to run important ministries. He has nabbed the ministries of finance, defence and public works for himself. Together, the brothers Rajapakse control over 70% of Sri Lanka's budget. The defence budget, which was increased by 40% this year, is being overseen by the unelected Gotabhaya Rajapakse. A former fire-eating army officer who spent 17 years in America, at one time managing a 7-Eleven store, Mr Rajapakse has proved as bellicose as Mr Prabhakaran and General Fonseka combined."
Sunday, June 24, 2007
From 7-Eleven to Defense Secretary - The Legacy of Rajapaksa Nepotism (economist.com)
A few weeks back, I think I noted somwehre about Gatabhaya Rajapaksa's occupation in the United States, stating that rumor was he was a security manager at a grocery store. Not quite so. Turns out he was just a "manager" of a 7-Eleven store, as mentioned in the Economist magazine. The following paragraph is what the magainze had to say about Rajapaksa nepotism, while highlighting the war in Sri Lanka.