|Sri Lanka's soft dictator Rajapaksa tried to become hard dictator with coup de tat.|
|Sri Lanka's ancient pre-Buddhist women, Sigiriya mountain (Stefaan & Eric/flickr.com)|
When NPR reported last week that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had been defeated in nationwide elections, reports were that Asia's longest serving leader willingly handed over the reins to his rival.
- Treason? Pres. Rajapaksa leaves after casting ballot in last week's election. The new gov't says that contrary to reports of a peaceful transition when Rajapaksa lost, the long-time leader tried to stay in power by force (Pradeep Dilruckshana/AP).