New era dawns
Nov 18, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
He will be sworn-in before Chief Justice Asoka De Silva opposite the old Parliament building at an auspicious time in the morning. Following the swearing-in the President will address the Nation.
It will see the climax of week long events and celebrations countrywide organised to mark the occasion including bodhi poojas, multi-religious ceremonies, acts of dana and philanthropy, a massive tree plating campaign and cultural exhibitions etc., when the nation would give President Rajapaksa a fitting welcome for his second term. The week leading to today’s swearing-in also saw several development schemes being commissioned including the country’s first coal power plant in Norochcholai culminating in the arrival of the first ocean vessel to the newly constructed Hambantota Port yesterday coinciding with the President’s birthday.
The public was in a celebratory mood with the country dotted with giant hoardings, cut-outs and life size portraits of the President while streets were decorated and illuminated in dazzling shades.