Sri Lanka’s Former Defense Chief Wins Presidential Race

Sri Lanka presidential elect

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.

President-elect Rajapaksa is 70 years old.