Mahinda sworn in as Prime Minister for the fourth time at Kelaniya Temple
ECONOMYNEXT – Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the 13th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka at the Kelaniya Temple today by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa breaking with tradition before the formal swearing of the Members of the Ninth Parliament took place.
Elected on August 6 in a landslide which saw the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna secure a two-thirds majority in Parliament, this is the fourth time Mahinda has been elected to the office.
Mahinda Rajapaksa served two terms as the Executive President of the country from 2005 to 2015.
The simple ceremony saw the younger brother hand over the appointment to the older brother, and after a formal greeting President Rajapaksa walked around the table and bent down to worship the brother and then they hugged.
Mahinda has been 50-years in active politics and became well known during the late 1980s when he emerged as a Human Rights defender during the second JVP insurrection. He was one of the leaders of the Mother’s Front alongside Mangala Samaraweera.
Contesting from Kurunegala district in the recently concluded Parliamentary Election the Prime Minister received a record-breaking 527,364 Preferential Votes, the highest number of votes a candidate ever received.
The Members of Parliament are due to be sworn in Parliament on August 20th and government sources said the members of the cabinet will take their oaths in Kandy. (Colombo, August 9, 2020)