Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former defense minister and brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, has won the Sri Lankan presidential election. The electoral council of the country announced this on Sunday.
The rival of Rajapaksa, the current Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa has admitted his defeat.
Rajapaksa received 52.3 percent of the voters and his rival Premadasa received 42 percent of the votes.
Premadasa was criticized for not having adequately protected his country after the heavy attacks of April 21. In addition, more than 250 people, including three Dutch, were killed. The Sri Lankan government and security services were found to have made serious mistakes by an internal power struggle.
The attacks hit the tourism sector in Sri Lanka badly, which led to a recession.
In his time as defense minister, Rajapaksa 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 mainly received support from the south of the country, while Premadasa received many votes in the north and east of Sri Lanka, where most Tamils live. The Tamils are against Rajapaksa because he is accused of a violation of human rights during his action against the Tamil tigers. The Rajapaksa brothers deny this.
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