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Sri Lanka MPs vote in sweeping powers for president

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Sri Lankan MPs have approved proposals to let President Mahinda Rajapaksa seek an unlimited number of terms, in a move critics say could lead to dictatorship.

The constitutional amendment also hugely boosts the president's powers.

The main opposition United National Party boycotted the vote, but many of its MPs voted with the government.

The lifting of the two-term presidential limit allows Mr Rajapaksa to stand again in 2016.

Nik Gowing spoke to Nihal Jayasinghe, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to the UK.

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