Sri Lanka’s new president urges calm after polls victory

EconomyNext – Sri Lanka’s newly elected president Maithripala Sirisena Friday appealed for calm after he was formally declared the winner in Thursday’s polls with 51.28 percent of the votes.

Sirisena said in a live television broadcast that there should be no violence in the post-poll period which in Sri Lanka is usually marred by attacks on and intimidation of the defeated side.

Sirisena appealed for the largely peaceful atmosphere that prevailed during the poll to be maintained.

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya announced Friday Sirisena won 6,217,162 votes.

Sirisena defeated incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa and will be sworn in later on Friday.

Rajapaksa got 47.6 percent of the votes..


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