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.