Sri Lankan presidential poll: Rajapaksa admits defeat
January 9 , 2015
Sri Lankan Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has admitted defeat in the presidential poll, according to media reports.
Maithripala Sirisena, Rajapaksa’s health minister and surprise challenger, is of course to become the next president, with results indicating that he won 51.3% of the vote.
Rajapaksa’s office said in a statement that he would ensure “a smooth transition of power."
During his tenure, Sri Lankan troops defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels, ending over two decades of fighting.
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