Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he will be President for all Sri Lankans

ECONOMYNEXT – Newly-elected Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said he will be the President of all Sri Lankans regardless of their religion or race.

“I would like to thank not just the people who voted for me, but also those who voted against me,” Rajapaksa said after the chairman of Sri Lanka’s election commission declared him winner of yesterdays polls.

“I am fully aware that I have to serve all people regardless of their race or religion.”

Gotabaya said he was happy that the culture of election violence has changed.

The chairman of the independent election commission, Mahinda Deshapriya said the 2019 election was the most peaceful he had seen.

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said the peaceful elections were an outcome of the 19th amendment to the constitution. (Colombo/Nov17/2019)