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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, front right, and his brother and the country's new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stand for the national anthem at the presidential secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, right, greets his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, after appointing him as prime minister at the presidential secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sworn in his brother and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister.

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Sri Lankan presidential candidate and former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center, waves as he leaves after addressing a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa, who's a front-runner in next month's presidential election says if he wins he won't recognize an agreement the government made with the U.N. human rights council to investigate alleged war crimes during the nation's civil war.

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Sri Lankan presidential candidate and former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa waves to media as he leaves the election commission with his brother and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, front left, after filing his nomination in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A record 35 candidates filed nominations Monday for next month‚ Sri Lankan presidential election, but the incumbent has opted not to seek a second term with the entry of Rajapaksa, who is considered the favorite.

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Sri Lanka's former president and current leader of the opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa, in white, places a wreath at the fallen heroes memorial during the tenth anniversary of Sri Lanka's civil war victory in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka's new prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa waves to supporters as president Maithripala Sirisena, sitting right, applauds during a rally held out side the parliamentary complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena, right, and his newly appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attend a rally held out side the parliamentary complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Thousands of Sri Lankans marched in support of a new government led by the country's former strongman, highlighting the political polarization in the Indian Ocean island nation.

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Sri Lanka's newly appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, center, hands over inaugural documents to an official during his duties assuming ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Newly appointed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, embraces his brother former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at a Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has sacked the country's prime minister and replaced him with a former strongman, state television said.

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Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa (R) with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy during a lecture, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, in New Delhi.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Sri Lankan former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in New Delhi.

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Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, center standing on the stage wearing a red shirt, addresses his supporters during an anti government protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Thousands of Rajapaksa supporters attended a protest organized by a group of opposition law makers condemning the government.

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Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, center right, standing on the stage wearing a red shirt, addresses his supporters during an anti government protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa rides on an open car during an anti government protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Thousands of Rajapaksa supporters attended a protest organized by a group of opposition law makers condemning the government.

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Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his wife Shiranthi wave to supporters as they leave the police criminal investigation department in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The former first lady was questioned in the case involving the the death of a rugby player when Rajapaksa was holding office.

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Sri Lanka’s former Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa waves to media from inside a police vehicle as he is taken to be produced before a judge in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Police arrested former Sri Lankan President's brother over alleged misappropriation of state funds, an official said.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa during a meeting to discuss the development cooperation opportunities, in Colombo Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena greets his supporters as he arrives to address the nation outside the Temple of Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

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A supporter holds a poster of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and cheers at the end of voting for the presidential election in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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A Tamil group protests against Salman Khan outside his residence in Mumbai over his support to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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Supporters cheer for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during an election campaign rally in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister, Narendra Modi along with the SAARC leaders, during the 18th SAARC Summit, in Dhulikhel, Nepal.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, listens to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during the 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Katmandu, Nepal.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa talk during the 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Katmandu, Nepal.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting with Srilankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksai, in Kathmandu.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, poses with Nepalese Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam, as he arrives at the Tribhuwan Airport to attend the 18th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Katmandu, Nepal. Leaders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will meet as a group and also hold bilateral discussions on the sidelines of the summit on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa shares a lighter moment with a person standing on the platform during his ride on the train "Queen of Jaffna," from Pallai to Jaffna in Pallai, Sri Lankar.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa at a meeting in New York.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping waves to the gathering as he walks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa upon arrival at the airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in white, walks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, towards presidential secretariat during an official reception for Abe in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Abe arrived in Sri Lanka Sunday on a two day official visit.

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Dr Subramanian Swamy & Prof Madhav Das Nalapat with President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, at Temple Trees, Colombo.

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Shaky handshake Sharif greets Modi as Mauritian PM Navin Ramgoolam and Sri Lankan prez Mahinda Rajapakse await their turn

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AIADMK cadres holding a protest against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in Chennai.

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AIADMK cadres holding a protest against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in Chennai.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with heads of SAARC countries after the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Supporters of MDMK burn portraits of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a protest in New Delhi.

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MDMK chief Vaiko along with supporters holding a protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi.

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MDMK supporters holding a protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa being welcomed by Indian officials on his arrival at Palam Air Force Station in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives at AFS Palam to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister, in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives at Palam Air Force Station to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a meeting after the opening of the 3rd Bimstec Summit in Nay Pyi Taw.

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Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, during a press conference, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attends the inaugural session of the commonwealth business forum in Colombo.

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Janata Party President Subramanian Swami and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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A member of Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization (TESO) beats up a fellow member dressed up as Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, in a lock-up during a protest in Chennai. TESO members urged the Indian government to boycott the Commonwealth Summit scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in November till the rights of the Tamil minorities are upheld.

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Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, shakes hands with China's Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

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Lawyers during a protest against alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan army, in Coimbatore.

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MMK activists hang an effigy of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Coimbatore.

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Janata party President Subramanian Swamy meets Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, center, along with his wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa offer prayers at the Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala near Tirupati. Tamils in various parts of the country protested Rajapaksa’s two-day personal visit to religious places of worship in India.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa offering prayers at the Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala in Tirupati.

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Police detain a student during a protest against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit to India, in Coimbatore.

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MDMK leader Vaiko along with party workers burning an effigy of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a protest against his visit to India, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa along with wife visiting the world heritage Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is also seen.

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MDMK leader Vaiko addresses party workers during a protest against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's forthcoming visit to India, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa offering prayers at Sanchi Stupa in Madhya Pradesh.

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Activists of Tamilar Valvurimai Party during their Rail Roko protest against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit to India, at Cuddalore Port in Tamil Nadu.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a meeting in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee shakes hands with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa during a meeting at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on his arrival at AFS Palam in New Delhi.

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Pope Benedict XVI meets Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his wife Shiranthi in his private library at the Vatican.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II , right, shakes hands with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, as his wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa, center, looks on, during a reception prior to a lunch with Commonwealth Nations Heads of Government and representatives of the Commonwealth nations in central London.

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An Indian Tamil holds a portrait of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a protest in Mumbai. The protest was against war crimes committed by the government forces during the civil war.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, center, leaves after a meeting with foreign correspondents in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A government minister at the briefing announced that a recent war commission report examining events of the final days of the country's decades-old civil war will not be submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, and India's Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna, left, watch dancers during Pongal festival celebrations at the President's official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Krisha is in Sri Lanka for an official visit.

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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, center, shares a laugh with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, as Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, second left, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, second right, and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah walk along during the Bali Democracy Forum VI in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at his residence studies the report from a commission that investigated alleged wartime abuses during the country's civil war, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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A lawmaker from Sri Lanka's ruling party, left center back to camera, punches an opposition lawmaker as President Mahinda Rajapaksa, center right, delivers the budget proposals in the Parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Opposition lawmakers walked out after the attack. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, speaks with the members of a Sri Lankan commission that investigated alleged abuses during the country's civil war after receiving their final report, copies seen in foreground, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The report by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission was not immediately released to the public. However, the president has said he will present it to Parliament, which will make it a public document. The government appointed the commission last year under intense international pressure to probe possible war crimes in the final stages of the war.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shakes hand with the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the bilateral meeting, on the sidelines of the 17th SAARC Summit, at Addu in Maldives.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa left, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani center and Tuvali Prime Minister Willy Telavi take part in the CHOGM retreat on day two of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa gestures as ethnic Tamil relatives of former Tamil Tiger combatants look on during a function in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has released about 1,800 former Tamil Tiger rebels who had been held since the island nation's civil war ended more than two years ago.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) with Sri Lanka's president Maninda Rajapaksa during the bilateral meeting in New York Palace hotel on Friday.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, wearing scarf, inspects a guard of honor during a victory day parade in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's president vowed to protect the country's armed forces from possible international action over allegations of human rights violations during the final months of the island-nation's 26-year civil war.

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Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam enacting a 'trial' of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for alleged war crimes, in Coimbatore.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, presents a memento to Muttiah Muralitharan during a meeting with Sri Lankan cricketers at his residence in Colombo. Muralitharan said the failure of himself and Suraj Randiv proved a turning point in the defeat to India. The runners up arrived home on April 3 and boarded an open bus for a welcome ceremony. India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the World Cup final on April 2.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Lord Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa paying obeisance at the Lord Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar (with delegation), meets Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao meeting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Colombo.

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Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil Hindus put a turban on President Mahinda Rajapaksa's head during celebrations to mark "Pongal", the Tamil harvesting festival in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa welcomes External Affairs Minister S M Krishna for a meeting in Colombo.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, greets the audience as his three sons and wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa look on during his swearing-in-ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa was sworn in Friday for a second six-year term, but political opponents who accuse him of manipulating the vote to ensure his re-election boycotted the ceremony.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, arrives for his swearing-in-ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa was sworn in Friday for a second six-year term, but political opponents who accuse him of manipulating the vote to ensure his re-election boycotted the ceremony.

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From left to right, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Indian Vice President M. Hamid Ansari and Britain's Prince Edward stand for the Indian national anthem during the closing ceremony for the 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

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Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, addresses the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters.

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A Sri Lankan boy supporting President Mahinda Rajapaksha holds his poster as they rally around the parliament complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's Parliament began debating a controversial amendment to the country's constitution that would allow Rajapaksa to hold unlimited number of terms, a move critics say could lead to a dictatorship.

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Sri Lankan government supporters carry portraits of President Mahinda Rajapaksha as they rally around the parliament complex in Colombo. Sri Lanka's Parliament began debating a controversial amendment to the country's constitution that would allow Rajapaksa to hold unlimited number of terms, a move critics say could lead to a dictatorship.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa alights from an Indian Air Force helicopter upon his arrival in Shimla. Rajapaksa is on a four-day visit to India.

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President Pratibha Patil shakes hand with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa as his wife and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh look on at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi0. Rajapaksa is in the country on a four-day long official visit.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his wife Shiranthi being received by Minister of State for External Affairs Praneet Kaur on their arrival in New Delhi. On his first visit after re-election as President after defeating the LTTE using controversial methods, rehabilitation of the displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka and the devolution issue are expected to figure in his talks with Indian leaders.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa being received by Minister of State for External Affairs Praneet Kaur on their arrival in New Delhi on Tuesday.

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Tamil activists belonging to Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam hold placards in Chennai as they protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to India.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and actor Anupam Kher pose for photographs after Rajapakse presented an award to Kher at a business promotion meeting during the ongoing three-day IIFA, festivities, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Bachchan greets Mahinda and Shiranthi Rajapaksa as former Miss Sri Lanka Jacqueline Fernandez looks on.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, greets an elderly woman supporter near Hambantota, Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans faced a clear choice in parliamentary elections between further strengthening the president's hand in deciding the nation's postwar fate or trying to check his power.

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