By Jane Cowan
Updated 8 hours 15 minutes ago
The Sri Lankan president will extend his grip on power after the country's parliament voted to amend the constitution.
In what critics describe as "the last nail in the coffin" of Sri Lankan democracy, the country's parliament passed a constitutional amendment abolishing two-term presidential limits.
The changes also loosen rules designed to prevent the politicalisation of the police and the judiciary.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-elected in January after the government won the 25-year-old civil war against the Tamil Tigers.
He can now stand for re-election in 2016.
Mr Rajapaksa is popular with Sri Lanka's Sinhalese majority but critics have accused him of stifling dissent.
He had already been accused of ignoring the rule of law and jailing opponents.
Other changes empower him to appoint top judges and other public officials unfettered by any legal veto.
Mani Ratnam made Ravana and revived the trend ;-) and now it looks like Ramayana will repeat all over again..Looks like a new Lankeshwar in the making..