Mahinda Rajapakse despite his nationalist appeal lost his bid for a third-term presidency in Sri Lanka. He gained 47.58 percent of votes whereas his former colleague and recently turned opponent, Maithripala Sirisena, obtained 51.28 percent of votes.
It was a surprise for Sri Lankans as well as for outsiders. Many believed that there was nothing to stop Rajapakse from going for his third term in the elections held on Jan 8, 2015.
But alas, this was not what happened. Rajapakse not only lost the support of Tamils and Muslims but also from the majority of the Sinhalese.