Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to take oath as Sri Lanka's 7th executive president in Anuradhapura today

Sri Lanka's controversial wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa will take oath as the seventh executive president of Sri Lanka on Monday at the Ruwanweli Seya precincts in the ancient north-central town of Anuradhapura

Press Trust of India November 18, 2019 10:33:43 IST
Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to take oath as Sri Lanka's 7th executive president in Anuradhapura today
  • Sri Lanka's controversial wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa will take oath as the seventh executive president of Sri Lanka on Monday at the Ruwanweli Seya precincts in the ancient north-central town of Anuradhapura

  • The newly elected president will worship at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred fig tree in the Mahamewna Gardens and Ruwanweli Seya, a stupa and a hemispherical structure containing relics and considered sacred to many Buddhists

  • Rajapaksa, 70, defeated Sajith Premadasa, 52, by more than 13 lakh votes, the election commission announced on Sunday

Colombo: Sri Lanka's controversial wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa will take oath as the seventh executive president of Sri Lanka on Monday at the Ruwanweli Seya precincts in the ancient north-central town of Anuradhapura.

The newly elected president will worship at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred fig tree in the Mahamewna Gardens and Ruwanweli Seya, a stupa and a hemispherical structure containing relics and considered sacred to many Buddhists all over the world, in the town, the Sri Lanka Mirror reported.

Rajapaksa, 70, defeated Sajith Premadasa, 52, by more than 13 lakh votes, the election commission announced on Sunday.

He will succeed President Maithripala Sirisena for a five-year term.

Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to take oath as Sri Lankas 7th executive president in Anuradhapura today

Sri Lanka's former Defense Secretary and presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa. AP

He is also expected to address the nation after taking the oath, the Daily News reported.

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, will participate in the oath-taking ceremony, the report said.

Rajapaksa secured 52.25 per cent votes (6,924,255), while Premadasa bagged 41.99 per cent (5,564,239) of the total votes polled. Other candidates got 5.76 per cent votes.

The overall voter turnout at the election was around 83.73 per cent, Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said.

Following his win, Rajapaksa said he would serve the country's citizens including those who voted against him “irrespective of their ethnicity,” The Times Online reported.

“I will fulfil the trust that you placed in me,” he said, thanking all those who had voted for him during the election.

Rajapaksa pledged that he would implement his manifesto during his term in office.

He also urged his supporters to "rejoice peacefully".

"As we usher in a new journey for Sri Lanka, we must remember that all Sri Lankans are part of this journey. Let us rejoice peacefully, with dignity and discipline in the same manner in which we campaigned," the retired Lieutenant Colonel said in a tweet.

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