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* President participates in religious ceremony to invoke blessings on new MPs
Mon, Apr 19, 2010, 09:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa participated in a all-night Pirith chanting ceremony held at Sri Jayewardenepura Parliamentary Complex yesterday (18) evening.

The ceremony was held to invoke religious blessings on the newly elected parliamentarians from the United People's Freedom Alliance before the inauguration of the new parliament on Thursday.

The Pirith ceremony concluded this morning with an alms giving to the monks.

All the elected MPs and the former Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara participated in the event.

(Pictures by Chandana Perera)

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