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Mahinda RAJAPAKSE

Sri Lankan Mahinda RAJAPAKSE

born Percy Mahendra RAJAPAKSE

Sri Lankan politician who served as the sixth President of Sri Lanka

Born: on November 18, 1945 in Weeraketiya, Hambantota, Sri Lanka  (73 years)


Biography

Mahinda Rajapaksa was born in Weeraketiya in the southern rural district of Hambantota. He hails from a well-known political family in Sri Lanka. His father, D. A. Rajapaksa, was a prominent politician, independence agitator, Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister of Agriculture and Land in Wijeyananda Dahanayake's government. D. M. Rajapaksa, his uncle, was a State Councillor for Hambantota in the 1930s who started wearing the earthy brown shawl to represent kurakkan (finger millet) cultivated by the people of his area, whose cause he championed throughout his life. It is from his example that Rajapaksa wears his characteristic shawl.

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