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SRI LANKA ASSASSINATION TARGET SWORN IN

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga was sworn in for a second six-year term today following her narrow election victory days after she survived an assassination attempt.

Kumaratunga, who suffered facial wounds requiring surgery in a Saturday attack by a suspected Tamil rebel suicide bomber, won 51.12 percent of votes cast in Tuesday's balloting.

But Kumaratunga's victory margin was sharply lower than in 1994, when she won 62 percent of voters over with a vow to end the war against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelem separatist rebels.

Kumaratunga took her oaths before the Chief Justice Sarath Silva at a simple ceremony at her official residence. At least 24 people were killed and 107 wounded in the Saturday blast triggered at a campaign rally in central Colombo.

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