President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was the SLFP candidate for Beliatta Electorate in the General Election conducted on May 27, 1970 was elected to Parliament by a majority of 6626 votes.
He was elected at the age of 24 years and was the then youngest Parliamentarian.
President Rajapaksa attended Parliament for the first time as a Member of Parliament on a day like today (07) in 1970.
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