New president takes office in Sri Lanka

January 10, 2015 7:40 AM

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New president takes office in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The new president, Maithripala Sirisena, was sworn into office Friday and vowed to curtail the powers amassed by his predecessor, who was swept aside in a stunning election upset.

Sirisena, a longtime political insider, and an ally of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa until just a few weeks ago, won the Thursday election by capitalizing on Rajapaksa’s unpopularity among the island nation’s ethnic and religious minorities, as well as grumbling among the Sinhalese majority abo...

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