Sri Lankan new speaker sworn in

15:01, April 22, 2010      

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother was sworn in as the speaker of the 7th parliament Thursday morning.

The newly elected 225 legislators will be sworn in before the new speaker shortly.

The swearing in came after the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won 144 of the 225 seats in the first parliamentary election on April 8 after the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels last May.

The main opposition United National Party won just 60 seats while the Democratic National Alliance led by former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka won seven seats.

The main Tamil ethnic minority party Tamil National Alliance won 14 seats.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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