26 Facts About Mahinda Rajapaksa

1. Mahinda Rajapaksa was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Peoples' Friendship University of the Russian Federation in February 2010 at its 50th anniversary celebrations.

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2. Mahinda Rajapaksa thought having his name in the sky would bring him good fortune.

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3. Mahinda Rajapaksa printed his picture on currency notes and named the budget airline Mihin Lanka after himself.

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4. Mahinda Rajapaksa considered as most popular Sri Lankan politician during his time.

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5. Mahinda Rajapaksa continued to stand against the Tamil version of the anthem and slammed his successors for removing the ban and singing it again in the Independence day, claiming "National anthem should be sung in one language and not two or three languages", and the Pro-Rajapaksa Joint Opposition boycotted the event.

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6. Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed his brothers Basil Mahinda Rajapaksa as minister of Economic Development.

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7. Mahinda Rajapaksa controlled the armed forces, the police and the Coast Guard, he was in charge of immigration and emigration.

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8. Mahinda Rajapaksa replaced R Sampanthan who was the leader of the Tamil National Alliance.

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9. Mahinda Rajapaksa changed his stance on private medical universities such as the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine, during his rule SAITM was accepted with several concessions from the Board of Investment and SAITM gave scholarships for students that gained 3As in Advanced level exams but failed to go to public universities at the request of Rajapaksa and ten students were given each given Rs.

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10. Mahinda Rajapaksa adopted a more anti-China policy opposing major development projects such as the Southern Economic Development Zone in which China planned to invest over 5 billion USD.

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11. Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected as Member of Parliament for Kurunegala District.

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12. Mahinda Rajapaksa responded in the Colombo Telegraph by calling the article "part of a political mudslinging campaign".

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13. Mahinda Rajapaksa had agreed to Chinese terms and was seen as an important ally in China's efforts to tilt influence away from India in South Asia.

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14. On 15 November 2009, Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered Fonseka to leave his post as Chief of the Defence Staff with immediate effect through a letter from his secretary.

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15. Mahinda Rajapaksa was chosen by Sri Lanka Freedom Party to contest with former Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of the United National Party in this Presidential Election held on 17 November 2005.

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16. Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka's 13th Prime Minister on 6 April 2004.

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17. Mahinda Rajapaksa requested foreign nations to put conditions on Sri Lanka when giving aid.

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18. Mahinda Rajapaksa demanded in the parliament that United Nations alongside NGOs such as amnesty international be allowed to come to Sri Lanka and investigate.

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19. In 1983 Mahinda Rajapaksa married Shiranthi Wickremasinghe, a child-psychologist and educator.

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20. Mahinda Rajapaksa has appeared in the Sinhalese film Nomiyena Minisun in 1994 and worked as a library assistant at Vidyodaya University.

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21. Mahinda Rajapaksa was presented with the Nalanda Keerthi Sri award in 2004 by his alma mater, Nalanda College.

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22. Mahinda Rajapaksa was born in Weeraketiya in the southern rural district of Hambantota.

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23. Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated in his bid for a third term in the 2015 presidential election by Maithripala Sirisena and left office on 9 January 2015.

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24. Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-elected for a second term on 27 January 2010.

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25. Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in for his first six-year term as president on 19 November 2005.

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26. Mahinda Rajapaksa serves as President of Sri Lanka and Leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party from 2005 to 2015.

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