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Gotabaya ran a strongly Sinhala nationalist campaign, and his promises of security resonated with Sinhala voters, who remembered the key role Gotabaya played as defence secretary in the 2009 military victory over the separatist Tamil Tigers(AP)

What the return of the Rajapaksa family means

By Alan Keenan
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2019 11:51 AM IST
Minorities are apprehensive. Institutions may get weaker. And post-war accountability looks challenging
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.(REUTERS)
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.(REUTERS)

Sri Lanka’s choice for President: Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Colombo | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON NOV 18, 2019 12:20 AM IST
Rajapaksa defeated Premadasa, 52, by more than 1.3 million votes, according to the official results. The 70-year-old, who will succeed president Maithripala Sirisena for a five-year term, will be sworn in as the seventh executive president of Sri Lanka on Monday at the ancient north central town of Anuradhapura.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, May 31, 2019.(Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, May 31, 2019.(Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

PM Modi, first foreign visitor to Lanka after attacks, to fire many messages

Hindustan Times, Colombo | By Padma Rao Sundarji
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2019 11:41 AM IST
The minister-in-attendance who will accompany PM Modi throughout the visit will be none other than 52-year-old Sri Lankan Housing minister, Sajith Premadasa, a man who may well be the President of Sri Lanka by the end of the year.
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