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
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
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.