Mahinda Rajapaksa takes oath as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for fourth time

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, and his brother and former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa wave to supporters during a party convention held to announce the presidential candidacy in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa is credited with helping end the country’s long civil war and is revered as a hero by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority. He comfortably won Saturday’s presidential election with about 52% of the ballots. But minorities largely voted for his opponent, fearing Rajapaksa because of allegations of wartime human rights violations against him. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

In Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa took oath as the Prime Minister for the fourth time this morning. He was administered the oath by his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a ceremony held at Kelaniya Mahaviharaya near Colombo. Other cabinet members will be sworn in next week at a ceremony in Kandy.

Mahinda Rajapaksa has served as country’s President from 2006 to 2015 and his party has got landslide victory at general elections held on Wednesday.

Mr. Rajapaksa is credited with ending the decades long LTTE war in 2009 during his Presidency. He had lost the 2015 Presidential elections and has made a strong political comeback.

Mr. Rajapaksa was appointed Prime Minister after Gotabaya’s victory at last November Presidential elections though his side did not enjoy a majority in Parliament. He contested the election from Kurunegala and topped the preferential votes from the district by clinching a record 527,364 votes.