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Sri Lanka confronts ex-leader's extravagant projects in 'middle of nowhere'
Sri Lanka confronts ex-leader's extravagant projects in 'middle of nowhere'

This remote coastal scrubland, a haven for wild elephants and migratory birds that is several hours away from the nearest city, seems like an odd place to attempt to create a major commercial hub. Yet such was the whim of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a local son who, thanks to Chinese loans, poured immense sums into pet projects during the decade he held this island nation in his grip. Since he was voted out of office in January, Rajapaksa’s extravagant spending in his home district, much of it named for himself, looks ever more like monuments to folly. A giant Indian Ocean harbor being blasted out of the island’s southern shoreline has seen costs soar well past $1...

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