President Rajapaksa took oaths as in for his second term
President Mahinda Rajapaksa took oaths as the President of Sri Lanka for his second term short while ago at the Presidential Secretariat.
Yesterday(18th November ) his 65th birthday. Several foreign dignitaries are due to attend the ceremony in Colombo.
Bhutanese Prime Minister will attend the ceremony as the leader of the SAARC.Maldivian President also attend the ceremony
President Rajapaksa was elected in 2005 but opted for early presidential elections in January this year, nearly two years ahead of the end of his term. The president's popularity shot up after ending the three decade old war against the Tiger terrorists in May 2009. He reaped the benefits of early elections and secured 57.8 per cent of the vote. His main rival, the combined opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka, got only 40.21 per cent. The ruling United People's Freedom Alliance government led by Rajapaksa is also in a strong position after securing 143 seats in the 225-seat parliament in the April elections. It later won the support 17 more opposition members to gain a two-thirds majority.