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    COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan President Junius Jayerwardene was sworn-in for this second six-year term of office on February 4.

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    1. GV Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa arriving for celebrations 0.06
    2. GV Troops salute prime minister 0.10
    3. GV President Junius Jayewardene arriving 0.19
    4. GV President seated on dais 0.26
    5. GV Sri Lanka flags 0.28
    6. GV President sworn-in on dais 0.30
    7. GV Army vehicles passing Presidential dais 0.37
    8. GV President taking salute as more army vehicles pass 0.46
    9. GV Servicemen and women march past President 1.15
    10. LV Gun boat in harbour 1.20
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    Background: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

    Sri Lankan President Junius Jayerwardene was sworn-in for this second six-year term of office on February 4. He took the oath in Colombo at the suspicious time of one minute past eight in the morning, coinciding with a ceremonial parade of the armed services to mark the 35th anniversary of Sri Lankan independence from Britain. The ceremony was also attended by Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa. Amid pomp and pageantry, President Jayewardene was sworn in by Chief Justice Neville Samarakoon. But the colourful ceremony -- sharp at 8.01, a time deemed significant by astrologers -- was boycotted by three opposition parties. The Tamil United Liberation Front stayed away because it wants a separate state for the minority Tamils. The Freedom Party of former Prime Minister Sirima Bandaranike and the Communists were protesting against constitutional changes giving the president wide powers and allowing him to prolong the life of the present parliament for a further six years.

    Source: REUTERS - P.U. PATHIRANA

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    Film ID:
    VLVABCSUY6N5IEDH30JMFOFXFB9ZG
    Media URN:
    VLVABCSUY6N5IEDH30JMFOFXFB9ZG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/02/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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