Mahida Rajapaksa Concedes Defeat in Sri Lank Presidential Election
According to latest reports from Time of India Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday morning conceded defeat in presidential elections held on Thursday, even as trends showed a clear victory for united opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena.
Sirisena was leading with 18,25,014 (51.62 %) votes and Rajapaksa was following him with 16,76,242 (47.23 %) votes at 7am on Friday. Rajapaksa left the presidential residence, Temple Trees, "respecting the people's verdict," an official spokesperson said. Mr. Rajapaksa has assured a smooth transition of power.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the New Sri Lankan President elect Maithripala Sirisena from his official twitter handle. The PM said on Twitter “I spoke to Shri Maithripala Sirisena & congratulated him. I congratulate the people of Sri Lanka on the peaceful & democratic poll process” and “As a close friend & neighbour, reaffirmed India's continued solidarity & support for Sri Lanka's peace, development & prosperity.”