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President Mahinda Rajapaksa moves to second term


The second term of office for President Mahinda Rajapaksa begins tomorrow – Friday 19 November - following landslide election victories held earlier this year.

The fifth President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, credited internationally for liberating the country from decades of brutal terrorism, has restored peace across the island nation and set the country on the path to rapid socio-economic development.

President Rajapaksa’s vision for Sri Lanka is to deliver sustainable peace and prosperity for all, a major task and one designed to bring the country’s diverse religious population together in harmony.

Under his leadership President Rajapaksa is heavily involved in driving forward the country’s reconciliation programme having launched a thorough investigation into the end of the domestic war on terror and ensuring that the number of internally displaced persons will return to their homes by the end of this year.

Remarkable economic progress has been made under President Rajapaksa. Household income has more than doubled, an upward trend which will continue, and the cost of living has fallen.

And on the world stage Sri Lanka is making its mark as an exciting new nation in which to invest and one where tourism opportunities will grow. Huge developments are being designed and constructed, with particular emphasis on the war torn north and east of the island.

President Rajapaksa established a record in Sri Lankan political history when he led his party to a landslide victory in the Parliamentary Elections held two months after being elected for a second term of office as Executive President. His overwhelming majority was 1.8 million in a poll of six million votes.

His success in Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in January and April, 2010 came after a series of sweeping victories in elections to eight Provincial Councils by the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by him. The UPFA now has an over two thirds majority in Parliament.

Born on November 18, 1945, Mahinda Rajapaksa is a lawyer by profession. He was first elected to the Parliament in 1970 as the youngest member of Parliament at the age 24.

He is married to Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa and has three children.





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