Sri Lanka People's Front party presidential election candidate and former wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves after casting his vote during the presidential election in Colombo, Sri Lanka November 16, 2019. "China is likely very happy that Gota has won", he added.
His triumph will, however, alarm Sri Lanka's Tamil and Muslim minorities as well as activists, journalists and possibly some in the global community following the 2005-15 presidency of his older brother Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said he would discuss the possibility of a parliamentary election with the Speaker and party leaders soon.
The Elections Commission declared Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the new President.
The Election Commission said Mr Rajapaksa won 52.25 per cent of the vote in last Saturday's election, while Mr Premadasa got 41.99 per cent, giving Mr Rajapaksa a far bigger lead than predicted by politicians and analysts.
However, India managed to implement the housing and ambulance projects with the help of friendly ministers like Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa, Rajitha Senaratne and Dr.Harsha de Silva.
It was under Gotabaya's elder brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, that the Tamil Tigers were crushed, while Gotabaya served as his defense minister and oversaw the operation that ended the civil war in the country.
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Gunmen fired at buses carrying minority Muslim voters on Saturday as Sri Lankans elected a new president, with the powerful Rajapaksa clan eyeing a comeback seven months after Islamist extremists staged deadly bombings. The attack was claimed by the so-called Islamic State.
Following the end of the ethnic war against Tamil rebels in May 2009, the United Nations has alleged that there were serious human rights violations that could amount to war crimes but the Rajapaksas have denied the allegations.
Also of concern to the West was that when the Rajapaksas were last in power, Sri Lanka borrowed heavily from China, which offered Colombo diplomatic protection in global forums over its rights record.
Mr Rajapaksa's triumph will alarm Sri Lanka's Tamil and Muslim minorities as well as activists, journalists and possibly some in the global community following the 2005-15 presidency of his older brother Mahinda Rajapaksa. Beyond that is the question of whether the brothers erode press freedom and democracy that lost ground during Mahinda's earlier rule as president.
This makes the brothers detested and feared among many Tamils, who make up 15 per cent of the population. Most Sri Lankans are Sinhalese Buddhists with Muslims and Christians making up the a religious minority.
Unlike in 2015 when there were bomb attacks and shootings, this election was relatively peaceful by the standards of Sri Lanka's fiery politics.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that he looked forward to working with Mr Rajapaksa. Two people were injured.