Rajapaksa, 70, who will succeed President Maithripala Sirisena, urged his supporters to "rejoice peacefully" after his closest rival, Sajith Premadasa, conceded defeat even before the official results were announced.
Sri Lanka Presidential Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Millions of Sri Lankans voted on Saturday to elect a new president to lead the country out of its deepest economic slump in over 15 years, following Easter Sunday suicide bombings.
Sri Lanka’s ruling party presidential candidate conceded defeat on Sunday to Rajapaksa, marking the return of a family revered by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority for the victory over the Tamil Tiger rebels but feared by Tamil and Muslim minorities.
Polls opened at 7 am local time and concluded at 5 pm. Though there is no official confirmation of the actual voter turnout, election officials and poll monitoring groups said the final turnout would exceed 80 per cent.
The elections come seven months after the deadly Easter Sunday bombings left over 250 people dead in the country. Muslims who make up nearly 10 per cent of Sri Lanka's 22 million population, say they have faced hostility ever since the April attacks.
To many Sinhalese, Rajapaksa is the embodiment of a country's savior — the great former defense secretary who crushed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), better known as the Tamil Tigers, after nearly three decades of civil war.
Explosions rocked three churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing several people and wounding scores more, police sources said. The hotels and one of the churches are in the nation's capital Colombo. The other church is in Negombo, north of Colombo.
Pakistan ended their Asia Cup campaign with a win against Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. Sarfraz Ahmed and Umar Akmal played handy knocks to chase down Sri Lanka’s 151-run target. The Islanders could only manage one win in the tournament – See more
Needing a win to progress into the final, India get the job done with a 5-wicket win over Sri Lanka with four balls to spare. The balls left may show a neck-and-neck game but it wasn’t. After early blip, Virat Kohli’s 56 unbeaten ensured India got past the winning line with ease. Yuvraj Singh with […]
With Asia Cup being played in a T20 avatar for the very first time keeping ICC World T20 in mind, the tournament gets even more important than it usually does. With two tournaments of such stature being played back-to-back, it becomes important for the squad to be shuffled appropriately and not allow fatigue to creep […]
Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu), Feb 11 (ANI): The Sri Lankan Navy on Thursday apprehended 11 Indian fishermen and their country boats on charges of trespassing into the territorial waters of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Navy said the fishermen were held in the Gulf of Mannar. The Sri Lankan Navy also seized two trawlers.
Pune, Feb 08 (ANI): After T-20 clean sweep in Australian, India's limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks confident for the upcoming series with Sri Lanka. Addressing a press conference on Monday, Dhoni said the team looks balanced and settled as of now, but the individuals also have to take on their respective roles. Dhoni added that fortunately the team has been batting till number 8, which at some point acts as an opportunity for the batsman to express himself on the field. Dhoni also said that in the series, they will focus more on the things that they want to achieve, rather than looking too much into the Sri Lankan side.
New Delhi, Jan 08 (ANI): The governments of UAE, Germany and Italy have condemned the terrorist attack on Indian Air Force base in Pathankot in which seven security personnel were martyred."Terrorism and extremism know no borders and no limits and pose a threat to innocent people everywhere around the world. In order to contain the dangerous threat that terrorism poses to our countries and peoples, international cooperation is indispensable," the Foreign Ministry of UAE said in a statement. Although, the UAE assured India of complete support in its fight against terrorism. "We utterly condemn the terrorist attacks on the Indian air force base in Pathankot and on the Indian Consulate General in Mazar-e-Sharif. The responsible parties must be identified and held accountable," Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson said in a statement. Earlier, Italy, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea, Maldives, Nepal, Brazil and France also condemned the terrorist attack. Six terrorists were neutralised in the terror attack at the Pathankot air base that began in the wee hours on January 1. Seven security personnel were martyred in the terror attack. The conspiracy behind the terrorist attack in Pathankot was hatched in Markaj, Pakistan, as per high-level official sources.