Mahinda Rajapaksa takes oath as Sri Lanka Prime Minister


Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has been sworn in as the country's new prime minister on Sunday.

His party had secured a landslide victory in the General Election, securing a two-thirds majority in the 225-member Parliament.

The Sri Lanka People's Party (SLPP) leader was administered the oath of office at a historic Buddhist temple by his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The 74-year-old began his political career at the age of 24, when he was elected as a Member of Parliament. He has since been elected President twice and has been appointed Prime Minister three times. 

The Cabinet of Ministers will be sworn-in on Monday, followed by the swearing-in of the state and deputy ministers.


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