Sri Lanka gets new President
Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the new president of Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa, 70, defeated Sajith Premadasa, 52, by more than 13 lakh votes, the Sri Lankan election commission announced.
He succeeded President Maithripala Sirisena for a five-year term.
After the blasts which happened on Easter this year in the country, the voters chose for a hardline president. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is known for his tough stand during the civil war in Sri Lanka and was also a forerunner for ending it during his stint as defence minister in 2009.
His elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was the country’s president from 2005 to 2015, former Minister Basil Rajapaska and a large number of dignitaries, including parliamentarians, also participated in the oath-taking ceremony. Mahinda has been appointed the new Prime Minister of the country.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa is also known as ‘The Terminator’ because of the role he played to end the civilian war in 2009.