Sri Lanka President ranked 6th in TIME 100 List poll

Apr 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been voted as the 6th most influential person of the world in the 2011 TIME 100 Poll.

Out of the 203 influential persons listed in the poll Sri Lankan President has been placed at the 6th place receiving a total of 95,456 votes so far with 74,357 saying he is influential.

The US-based magazine says although official voting for inclusion on the TIME 100 list was closed on April 14th users can continue to vote for their favorites until April 21st.

In introducing Rajapaksa TIME says since ending Sri Lanka’s 26-year-long war against the Tamil Tigers in 2009, and grabbing control over once independent institutions like commissions on human rights and elections, the 65-year-old President has come to dominate the institutions of his nation more than any other democratically elected head of state.

“He challenged the U.S., the European Union and the U.N. to prosecute him for war crimes, confident that Russia, China and India would not support it the latter two have billions of investment at stake in Sri Lanka,” the brief introduction said.

Rajapaksa is the first Lankan leader to be featured in the annual list. The final list, selected by the editors will be revealed on Thursday, April 21st.

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