Sri Lanka election: Unity hard to achieve in divided country

Mr Rajapaksa has promised unity. It’s a response to the fears of many in the minority communities here that decisive leadership and tough action on security might be at the expense of their civil liberties. Even if the political intention is genuine, the election results have shown how polarised this country is. Unity will be hard to achieve. But the news will be greeted with quiet dismay by many in the minority communities who voted overwhelmingly not for Mr Rajapaksa but his rival, Sajith Premadasa. They see him as a…

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Vote reveals stark racial divide between North and South

The vote revealed that the minority-dominated North and East voted heavily against Rajapaksa and the majority South for him  “aware that I am now the President for all Sri Lankans and I will ensure that all Sri Lankans, not only those who voted for me but those who voted against me as well, and I will work for all.” says President Gotha On Saturday Nov 16, the minority regions of the country voted heavily in favour of Rajapaksa’s opponent Sajith Premadasa despite the SLPP’s numerous efforts to woo religious and…

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Sri Lanka’s Sinhale Buddhists, president-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa

COLOMBO (Reuters) – For Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese Buddhists, president-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa is best-placed to take on the hard challenge of defeating enemies of the state such as those who carried out deadly Easter Sunday attacks early this year. For others, he is a leader who should be tried for war crimes over allegations of killings, torture and disappearances of scores of people during the final stages of the war against Tamil Tigers in 2009 that he led as defense secretary. Rajapaksa is the younger brother of former president Mahinda…

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Gota to be sworn in tomorrow

SLPP Presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will take oaths tomorrow (Nov 18) in the event of securing a victory at the upcoming election, Party sources said. Sources at the Election Commission said that the first round of counting votes has ended. Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has claimed victory for its candidate Mr. Rajapaksa, and requested all party supporters to celebrate their success in a peaceful manner. Dullas Alahapperuma, the SLPP candidate’s spokesman in a statement called on supporters to avoid tarnishing the precedent set by Mr Rajapaksa in…

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Sajith Congratulates Gotha on Being Elected Seventh President of Sri Lanka

NDF Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa Concedes Victory to SLPP’s Gotabaya Rajapaksa Even Before Final Results are Announced and Congratulates Gota on Being Elected Seventh President of Sri Lanka Posted by Administrator on 17 November 2019, 1:04 am Sri Lanka’s ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa Sunday conceded the presidential poll on Sunday and congratulated his main rival, former wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Continue reading ‘NDF Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa Concedes Victory to SLPP’s Gotabaya Rajapaksa Even Before Final Results are Announced and Congratulates Gota on Being Elected Seventh President of Sri Lanka’ »Filed…

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Gotha Wins -Presidential Election 2019 Live Result

http://election.adaderana.lk/ http://election.adaderana.lk/ http://www.sundaytimes.lk/ http://www.hirunews.lk/ Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa has said he would be stepping down as the United National Party (UNP)’s Deputy Leader with immediate effect today (Nov 17). In a special media statement, Premadasa, the New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate congratulated SLPP candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa on “his election as the seventh President of Sri Lanka”

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