SLPP candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa defeated DNF candidate Sajith Premadasa to win the Sri Lanka Presidential Elections held on Saturday, November 16. When the final results were announced Rajapaksa had secured 52.25 percent of the total votes polled. The Elections Commission declared that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has been elected as the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
H.E. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as the 7th Executive President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on 18th November 2019. Newly-sworn-in President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, in his first address to the nation, outlined his policies, which centered on efficiency to drive economic growth, a non-aligned foreign policy, priority for national security and minority inclusivity to build a prosperous Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s new president said Friday that he will call a snap parliamentary election in March following his sweeping victory at the weekend. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is hoping to ride a wave of popularity by calling an election six months before the current parliament’s five-year term expires on March 1.