Sri Lanka’s Former Defense Chief Wins Presidential Race
Gotabaya Rajapaksa defeated Sajith Premadasa in a closely contested election as Sri Lanka faces rising religious tensions and a slowing economy.
Sri Lanka’s ruling party candidate Premadasa conceded the presidential poll and congratulated his main rival, former wartime defense secretary Rajapaksa.
It is my privilege to honour the people's decision and congratulate Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his election. I am grateful to our citizens who voted for me. I am humbled that you placed your faith in me. Your support has been a fountain of strength throughout my political career. pic.twitter.com/CGYy1NCth2
— Sajith Premadasa (@sajithpremadasa) November 17, 2019
Its was a pleasure to receive a call from Mahinda Rajapaksa informing me of the successful presidential campaign of his brother Gotabaya. Oath ceremony is on 20th. Tamil media told me a good number of Tamils have voted for him.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) November 17, 2019
Congratulations President-elect @GotabayaR on a decisive election victory. On behalf of Maldives Reform Movement (MRM) I wish YE great success in your important duties. Maldives and Sri Lanka are great traditional friends. @ibusolih @PresRajapaksa @MRM_Office pic.twitter.com/fBYcBFBXDM
— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (@maumoonagayoom) November 17, 2019
President-elect Rajapaksa is 70 years old.