Sri Lanka PM secures deal with nationalist monks

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse
today formally wrapped up another controversial deal with a hard-line
party of Buddhist monks, promising to overhaul the Norwegian-backed
peace process. Rajapakse and the leader of the all-monks party, Ellawela Medananda
exchanged the scrolls they had signed on Wednesday at the premier’s
Temple Trees residence, officials on both sides said.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse walks with Buddhist legislators
from the Jathika Hela Urumaya Party or JHU on Tuesday, after prayers at the
Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.

Rajapakse the
ruling party

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