Sri Lanka’s previous defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been chosen as the nation’s new President, winning 52.2% of the vote, as indicated by the Chairman of Sri Lanka’s Election Commission.
A record 35 competitors contended to replace outgoing President Maithripala Sirisena, whose term was defaced by the Easter bombings and a failed endeavor to remove Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from office.
Rajapaksa’s major rival Sajith Premadasa verified 41.99% of the vote and has yielded.
This is Sri Lanka’s first political race since the deadly attacks in April, when a progression of bombs tore through churches and inns in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 290 individuals and harming hundreds.
Gotabaya’s brother, previous President Mahinda Rajapaksa, right now drives the restriction in Parliament and is generally expected to strive for the post of Prime Minister when parliamentary elections are held in 2020.
Claude Denni was born and raised in San Jose. Claude has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Daily Democrat here in Californiar and NPR. As a journalist for Coastal Morning Star, Claude covers national and international developments.