Sri Lanka's new president gets down to mending ties

Newspapers for sale are seen at a stall in Colombo on January 10, 2015, featuring headlines about Sri Lanka's new president Maithripala SirisenaNew Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena began assembling a cabinet on Saturday on his first day in office as he looks to deliver on pledges to improve the war-torn nation’s diplomatic standing and implement democratic reforms. Sirisena, who was sworn in Friday evening after a shock election victory over veteran strongman Mahinda Rajapakse, was trying to form a “national unity” cabinet that would include members from a cross section of political parties in parliament, an aide said.

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