Colombo: Sri Lanka’s controversial wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in because the nation’s President on the Ruwanweli Seya precincts within the historic north-central city of Anuradhapura on Monday.
The newly-elected president worshipped on the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred fig tree within the Mahamewna Gardens and Ruwanweli Seya, a stupa and a hemispherical construction containing relics and regarded sacred to many Buddhists all around the world, within the city.
“Sustaining the victory is more important than the journey towards it,” Rajapaksa mentioned in a tweet earlier than the swearing-in ceremony.
His elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was the nation’s president from 2005 to 2015, former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and a lot of dignitaries, together with parliamentarians, took half within the oath-taking ceremony.
Rajapaksa, 70, defeated Sajith Premadasa, 52, by greater than 13 lakh votes, the election fee introduced on Sunday.
He’ll succeed President Maithripala Sirisena for a five-year time period.
Rajapaksa secured 52.25 per cent votes (6,924,255), whereas Premadasa bagged 41.99 per cent (5,564,239) of the full votes polled. Different candidates acquired 5.76 per cent votes.
The general voter turnout on the election was round 83.73 per cent, Elections Fee Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya mentioned.