Sri Lankan new PM Sworn in

21:53, April 21, 2010      

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Senior Sri Lankan politician Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Jayaratne was sworn in as prime minister of Sri Lanka Wednesday evening, government officials said.

Officials from the Department of Government Information said Jayaratne was sworn in before President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Jayaratne, 79, replaced former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake.

Jayaratne entered parliament in 1970 and has held several senior ministerial positions.

Analysts said that President Rajapaksa had recognized Jayaratne 's loyalty to Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the dominant party in the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance in opting for him over several others including the president's brother Basil Rajapaksa.

The post of prime minister is largely symbolic in the island's executive presidential system of government.

Source: Xinhua


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