Sunday, February 11, 2007

Profile of the President of Sri Lanka, H. E. Mahinda Rajapaksa

Rajapaksa was born in Weeraketiya in the southern rural District of Hambantota. He hails from a well known political family in Sri Lanka. His father, D.A. Rajapaksa, was a prominent politician, independence agitator and former Member of Parliament. D.M. Rajapaksa, his uncle, was a State Councilor for Hambantota in the 1930s who started wearing the earthy brown shawl to represent kurakkan (a type of local maize) cultivated by the people of his area, whose cause he championed throughout his life. It is from his example that Rajapaksa wears his characteristic shawl. [Read More]

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