Sri Lankan Astrologer Arrested

A Sri Lankan astrologer, who predicted that the country’s government will flounder in September and October because of political and economic problems, has been arrested.

As astrology is an aid for many Sri Lankan politicians, the forecast by national media personality Chandrasiri Bandara has been taken very seriously. President Rajapaksa himself is a believer, telling foreign reporters earlier this year that he has often consulted a favoured mystic for advice on what time to make speeches or to depart for trips.

Consequently, Chandrasiri, who also predicted the opposition leader would become prime minister, is now being investigated with regard to the basis of his prediction.

Mr Bandara – who has a weekly television show and writes controversial political columns for a pro-opposition newspaper – is one of the most popular astrologers in the country.

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