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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa leaves after casting his vote for parliamentary elections in his home town village Madamulana, 225 kilometers (140 miles) from south of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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A Sri Lankan army soldier stands guard against torn election posters in Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's hometown village, Madamulana, 225 kilometers (140 miles) from south of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans voted on Thursday for a new Parliament, with Rajapaksa looking to consolidate his political dominance after winning re-election in January and then detaining his chief rival.

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A Sri Lankan auto rickshaw driver waits for customers beside election posters of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's United People's Freedon Alliance in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa laughs as his wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa looks on during the 62nd Independence Day celebrations in Kandy, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's photograph is seen pasted on a supporter's forehead, in Colombo. Riding high on his battlefield victory against the Tamil Tiger rebels and his landslide re-election, Rajapaksa appears under little pressure to tackle the deep ethnic tensions that fueled a generation of conflict here.

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Former Sri Lankan Army chief and the opposition presidential candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka, speaks during a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Fonseka has accused Rajapakse of using the state media to attack him, misappropriating public funds for his campaign and preventing displaced Tamils from voting.

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A Sri Lankan newspaper vendor awaits customers as the news of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapkse's victory is seen on a newspaper, at a road side newspaper stall in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa gestures as he reacts to a question raised by a journalist during a media briefing at his office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Rajapske today emerged victorious in the bitterly-fought first post-LTTE era Presidential elections against former army chief Sarath Fonseka by securing 58.8 percent of the total ballots cast while Fonseka secured 40.8 per cent, sources in the President's office said.

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Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse waves to supporters as he leaves the election office after handing over his nomination papers in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa shakes hands with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee during their meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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A giant hoarding of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is seen as people travel past it in Colombo, Sri Lanka. With the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, many Sri Lankans say they no longer live in terror of the next blast, a welcome change after more than two decades of suicide attacks by the rebels. The United Nations estimates 80,000 to 100,000 people have died since the civil war began more than a quarter century ago. Among the victims were civilians killed in attacks in markets and department stores, on trains and buses.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa shakes hands with India's National Security Adviser M. K. Narayanan as Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, left, looks on during their meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Also seen is Basil Rajapaksa, a lawmaker and the president's brother. Aid groups and the U.N. appealed to be allowed to survey the aftermath of the final battle of Sri Lanka's civil war and pushed for unfettered access to some 280,000 Tamils displaced from the former combat zone.

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Activists of Tamil youth organisation, Vizhithezhu, beating a poster of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a protest in Mumbai.

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Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse inspects the military hardware used by the Tamil Tigers during a visit to newly liberated areas from Tamil Tiger rebels in Killinochchi, Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa visited the rebels' former administrative capital for the first time since the government captured Kilinochchi on Jan. 2, 2009.

AP Photo/President's Office, Sudath Silva, HO

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