Tolerance is not indulgence but a commitment to unity in diversity

The presidential election’s most notable feature was the huge difference between the support base for the two main candidates. In the Northern and Eastern Provinces, more than 80 per cent of the people voted for the New Democratic Front candidate Sajith Premadasa and support for him was even more than what former President Maithripala Sirisena got when he contested as the common candidate of the Democratic People’s Alliance (DPA) in January 2015.

But in the Southern and other provinces, Gotabaya Rajapaksa won by huge majorities and received more than 52 per cent of the national vote, second only to the 62 per cent obtained by Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in the 1994 presidential election.

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