Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa lost his bid for a third term

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – According to Sri Lanka’s Election Department, opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena, won 51.3 percent of the votes polled in Thursday’s election (8 Jan.). Current President Rajapaksa, got 47.6 percent.

Like Rajapaksa, Sirisena belong to majority Sinhala Buddhist community, but he has reached out to ethnic minority Tamils and Muslims and has the support of several small parties.

Sirisena told an Indian newspaper this week that “we will revert to the old, non-aligned policy”.

“India is our first, main concern. But we are not against Chinese investment either. We will maintain good relations with China too,” he told the Hindustan Times.

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