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PM graces the swearing-in-ceremony of Sri Lankan President

Nov 19, 2010

The Prime Minister graced the President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s swearing-in-ceremony as the Guest of Honour in Colombo this morning, which Lyonchhoen said was a singular honour for Bhutan.

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in for a second term this morning at a ceremony that took place at the Presidential Secretariat before the Chief Justice.

The Prime Minister Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y. Thinley is accompanied by the Education Minister Lyonpo Thakur Singh Powdyel, the Ambassador of Bhutan to Sri Lanka, representatives from the Zhung Dratshang and senior government officials.

During his visit, the Prime Minister called on the Sri Lankan President. Prior to the call on, senior monks offered Ku-Sunf-Thuk-Ghi Mendrel for the long life and good fortune of the people of Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat.

The two leaders in the bilateral meeting discussed issues of mutual interest and SAARC matters. Lyonchhoen is also in Sri Lanka in his capacity as the chair of SAARC.

President Rajapaksa opted for early elections in January 2010 – two years before his term was due to end- and received close to 58%  of the votes. President Rajapaska  did not assume office for the new term since he completes his six-year term as President only this month.

The event was marked with a military guard of honour.

Reports say, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is due to carry out a cabinet reshuffle on Monday followed by the presentation of the budget for next year.

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