Maithripala Sirisena to be sworn in as new President later today
Sri Lanka’s Election Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya, has officially declared Maithripala Sirisena as the new President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka following yesterday’s Presidential election.
Despite a campaign where the state media and other state resources were stacked against him, the common opposition candidate to President Mahinda Rajapaksa won 51.28% of the vote to Rajapaksa’s 47.58%. Other candidates took 1.1% of the vote with turnout at more than 70%.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa was quick to concede defeat after a conversation with the winning candidate and left Temple Trees, the President’s official residence, at 6.30 a.m. this morning.
Leader of the main opposition United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe announced that Maithripala Sirisena would be sworn in as the new President later today.