Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former Secretary of Defense and brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, will lead the Sri Lankan presidential elections in Sri Lanka on Sunday. The result is not yet final, but the rival of Rajapaksa, the current Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa has already won over on Sunday.
Rajapaksa won 50.7 percent of the votes. His rival Premadasa received 43.8 percent of the vote.
Premadasa was criticized for not having adequately protected his country after the heavy attacks of April 21, in which more than 250 people, including three Dutchmen, were killed. The attacks hit the tourism industry in Sri Lanka badly, causing an economic recession.
In his time as Minister of Defense, the newly elected president oversaw the bloody battle against the Tamil Tigers. This group fought for an independent state for ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka. They were finally defeated by the government army after 26 years.
Rajapaksa received support mainly from the south of the country, while Premadasa received many votes in the north and east of Sri Lanka, where the Tamils mainly live. The Tamils are against Rajapaksa because he is accused of violating human rights while acting against the Tamil Tigers. Both Rajapaksa brothers deny this.
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