Sri Lanka Presidential Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Sri Lanka’s ruling party presidential candidate has conceded defeat to rival Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the Indian Ocean island nation’s election. Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa said in a statement that he will “honor the decision of the people” in polls Saturday favoring Rajapaksa, the civil war-era defence secretary who served under his brother, ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, AP reported.
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 that sapped investor confidence and hurt its tourism sector. The results are expected to be declared by Monday.
In the early hours of Saturday, a convoy of over 100 buses carrying minority Muslim voters was targeted by gunmen in Anuradhapura in northwest Sri Lanka. The voters, travelling from Puttalam to Mannar, escaped unhurt while a few buses were damaged.