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Rajapaksa pays homage to Buddhist monks at Kandy

Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former president that oversaw the massacres of tens of thousands of Tamils, celebrated his appointment as Sri Lankan prime minister by visiting Buddhist monks in Kandy on Sunday.

Photographs: Daily News

Rajapaksa, who was flown by a Sri Lankan air forced helicopter to Kandy, was greeted by cheering crowds upon arrival. He went on to visit the Temple of the Tooth and meet the chief Buddhist monks of the Asgiriya and Malwatte chapters.

Sri Lankan leaders have ritualistically visited the Sinhala Buddhist site in Kandy after they have been appointed to senior government positions.