November 17, 2019 / 10:52 AM / 19 days ago

Sri Lanka election body declares Rajapaksa winner of presidential poll

President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa waves at his supporters as he leaves his house in Colombo, Sri Lanka November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s election commission declared former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the winner of the presidential election on Sunday.

Rajapaksa won 52.25% of the votes, while his main rival and government minister Sajith Premadasa received 41.99%, the election commission said.

Premadasa has already conceded defeat.

Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Louise Heavens

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