Agency, 17 November : Gotabaya Rajapaksa has won the Sri Lankan presidency after a closely fought election, as his main opponent Sajith Premadasa of the ruling United National Party conceded defeat.
Rajapaksa, a former defence secretary and brother of two-time former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, based his campaign for Saturday’s vote on providing strong leadership on national security issues, following coordinated bombings in April that killed at least 269 people.
“At the conclusion of a hard fought and spirited election campaign, it is my privilege to honour the decision of the people and congratulate Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his election as the seventh President of Sri Lanka,” Premadasa said in a statement on Sunday.
Official results were due to be released by 4:00pm local time (10:30 GMT) on Sunday, election commission officials told. Local media projections, however, put Rajapaksa in the lead with roughly six million votes counted across the country.
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