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PM Mahinda Rajapaksa assumes duties

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed duties at Temple Trees amidst the chanting of Seth Pirith by the Maha Sangha yesterday morning.The Prime Minister placing his signature on a document while the Prime Minister’s Secretary Gamini Senerath looks on. Picture by Wimal Karunatilleke.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed duties at Temple Trees amidst the chanting of Seth Pirith by the Maha Sangha yesterday morning.The Prime Minister placing his signature on a document while the Prime Minister’s Secretary Gamini Senerath looks on. Picture by Wimal Karunatilleke.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed duties at the Temple Trees in Colombo yesterday for the fourth time at the auspicious time of 10.36 am. Maha Sangha chanted Seth Pirith and invoked blessings on the new Premier.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the Prime Minister before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Sunday. He is the 13th Prime Minister in Sri Lanka.

Maha Sangha, representatives from all the other religions, Madam Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa, MP Namal Rajapaksa and the family members of the Premier, all winning MPs in the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and a large number of dignitaries took part in the event.

Contesting from Kurunegala district in the recently concluded Parliamentary Election Premier received a record-breaking 527,364 Preferential Votes, the highest number of votes a candidate ever received in Sri Lankan history.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will go down in history as the first-ever Sri Lankan to become Prime Minister four times after serving two terms as the Executive President. Having entered Parliament in 1970, he completed 50 years in politics in June this year.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who contested from the Kurunegala district secured 527,364 preferential votes.This is the highest number of preferential votes obtained by a candidate at a general election. He also led his party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna to secure 154 parliamentary seats in the General election.

Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa was first elected as Prime Minister following the victory of the UPFA in 2004. However even after being defeated at the Presidential elections in 2015, he went on to become Prime Minister in October 2018 and November 2019.


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