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Sri Lanka president secures majority to push reforms

Sri Lanka's newly elected president Maithripala Sirisena waves to supporters on his arrival at the Election Commission office in the capital Colombo, on January 9, 2015Sri Lanka’s newly-elected president has engineered enough defections from his predecessor’s party to secure a parliamentary majority essential for radical constitutional reforms, officials said on Sunday. Maithripala Sirisena has already received the backing of more than 40 lawmakers who were previously loyal to Mahinda Rajapakse, whom he unseated in Thursday’s presidential election, spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said.

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