End of an Era – Fall of Mahinda

Presidential elections were held in Sri Lanka on 8 January 2015, two years ahead of schedule. The incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the United People’s Freedom Alliance‘s candidate, seeking a third term in office. The United National Party (UNP)-led opposition coalition chose to field Maithripala Sirisena, the former Minister of Health in Rajapaksa’s government and general secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) – the main constituent party of the UPFA – as its common candidate.

Sirsena was declared the winner after receiving 51.28% of all votes cast compared to Rajapaksa’s 47.58%.  After conceding defeat and Following a brief discussion with Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe and assuring the smooth transfer of power, President Mahinda Rajapaksa left Temple Trees on the 9th of January early morning.

Via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_presidential_election,_2015

Detailed results here.

 

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