He is the president who presided over the crushing defeat of the Tamil Tigers.
During his re-election campaign in January, Mahinda Rajapaksa took credit for bringing years of civil war with separatist Tamil Tigers to an end. Now he has been sworn in for a for a second term as Sri Lanka’s president.
However, his actions – such as the appointment of his brothers to important cabinet positions and lifting of presidential term limits – have raised concerns that he is ushering in a new era of dictatorship.
Al Jazeera’s Steve Chao reports from Colombo as Rajapaksa’s inauguration took place.