Sri Lanka passes constitutional amendment

COLOMBO, Sept 8 Wed Sep 8, 2010 9:39am EDT

COLOMBO, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's parliament on Wednedsay passed a constitutional amendment that grants President Mahinda Rajapaksa even more unchecked power, which had prompted opposition cries of a looming dictatorship.

Rajapaksa's amendment won 161 votes in favour with 17 votes against out of the 225-member legislature. The main opposition United National Party had boycotted the vote to protest what it called undemocratic changes. (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Sugita Katyal)

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