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* Sri Lanka Prime Minister officially assumes duties
Wed, Apr 28, 2010, 08:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 28, Colombo: The newly appointed Prime Minster D.M.Jayaratne assumed his duties as the 14th prime minister of independent Sri Lanka at an auspicious time this morning amid religious observances.

Jayaratne, 79, is the most senior member of the Sri Lanka Freedom party, the main constituent party in the ruling alliance. He was elected to the parliament in 1970. Since then he has held several ministerial portfolios.

Speaking at the occasion, the Premier said all the citizens in the country must unite to create an economically strengthened self sufficient country and urged everyone to shed political party differences and work towards the well-being of the country.

Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne, Deputy Minister Duminda Dissanayake, and Prime Minister's Secretary S. Amarasekara were present at the occasion among others.

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