Alexa Rajapaksa set to become Sri Lanka president

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Rajapaksa set to become Sri Lanka president

 International Desk

 Published: 01:29 PM, 17 November 2019   Updated: 03:18 PM, 17 November 2019

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Sri Lanka's former wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa is set to win the country's presidential election, as his main opponent Sajith Premadasa of the ruling United National Party conceded defeat.

However, the official results were due to be released by 4:00 pm local time (10:30 GMT) on Sunday. 

Gotabaya 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 Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his election as the seventh President of Sri Lanka," Sajith Premadasa said in a statement on Sunday.  

Meanwhile, In a statement posted on Twitter, Rajapsaka said that "even though the official results are not out yet, we are now crossing the victory line".

"As we usher in a new journey for Sri Lanka, we must remember that all Sri Lankans are part of this journey. Let us rejoice peacefully, with dignity and discipline in the same manner in which we campaigned."