sworn-in Prime Minister
2004 - 10.00 GMT]
Mahinda Rajapakse was
sworn-in as the new Prime Minister before President Chandrika Kumaratunga at
the Presidentís Office this morning.
Rajapakse was leader of
the Opposition since March 2002. An Attorney-At-Law, he was first elected to
Parliament from Beliatta in 1970. Then aged just 24 he was the
youngest Parliamentarian. His father D.A Rajapakse had represented the same
electorate from 1947 to 1965.
Born in Weeraketiya, a
town in the Hambantota district, Southern province, Rajapakse schooled at
Richmond College, Galle and later moved to Colombo for his education where
he schooled at Nalanda College and Thurstan College.
Parliamentary career, except from the period 1994-2001 when he was a cabinet
minister, he has continued his law practice in the Southern town of Tangalle.
In 1994 he held the Labour and Vocational Training portfolio. From 1997 he
served as Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development. In
September 2001 Rajapakse was Minister of Ports, Shipping and Fisheries.
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Date: April 6, 2004 -