Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka's new prime minister

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa (left) with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is his brother, during the swearing-in ceremony. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

COLOMBO (XINHUA) - Leader of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, took his oath as the country's new prime minister on Sunday (Aug 9) after his party secured a landslide victory in the recently concluded parliamentary election.

Mr Rajapaksa took oaths during a grand ceremony at Kelaniya Temple, a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, in the presence of the diplomatic community and legislators from the ruling and opposition parties.

He was sworn in as the prime minister of the country for the fourth time.

His party won 145 seats in last Wednesday's election which was held to elect new legislators in a 225-member Parliament.

His new Cabinet will take oaths later this week.

According to the Elections Commission, the parliamentary election held last Wednesday was one of the most peaceful held in Sri Lankan history with a 71 per cent voter turnout.

The election was held under strict health guidelines due to Covid-19 pandemic, which has infected more than 2,800 people in the country.

The new Parliament will convene on Aug 20, said Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is the younger brother of the new prime minister.

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