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Rajapakse sworn in for second term

world Updated: Nov 19, 2010 10:41 IST
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse was sworn in on Friday for a second six-year term by Chief Justice Asoka de Silva at a nationally televised ceremony outside his seafront office.

Rajapakse took the oath of office on an open-air stage and was blessed by Buddhist monks before the start of a military parade and a 21-gun salute in his honour.

Rajapakse won re-election in January after calling an election four years into his six-year term. The Supreme Court ruled that his new mandate should begin from November - the anniversary of his first presidential victory in 2005.