China ready to work with new Sri Lankan President

Clay Curtis
November 19, 2019

DMK president M.K. Stalin appealed to India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that Tamils on the island were protected.

Official results showed Mr Rajapaksa, 70, took 52.25% of the vote.

Sri Lanka was rocked by the deadly Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attacks on Easter that killed 269 people. As a result, national security is seen as the dominant issue ahead of the vote.

"As we usher in a new journey for Sri lanka, we must remember that all Sri lankans are part of this journey".

The brother of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, he had formerly served as a defence secretary.

Some journalists who criticized the government when Rajapaksas led Sri Lanka from 2005-2015 were kidnapped, tortured and killed.

"We stand ready to on the basis of respect, equality and mutual benefit work with the new leadership and the government for high-quality BRI cooperation and greater progress in bilateral ties to bring more tangible benefits to two countries and their people", Geng said.

"China and Sri Lanka are strategic cooperative partners with honest mutual assistance and everlasting friendship", he said. "I promise to discharge my duties in a fair manner", he said.

Human rights groups have expressed concern about accountability for war violations - committed by both sides - to remember the election of a man closely associated with the end of conflict. His rival Sajith Premadasa had already conceded.

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"The United States congratulates the people of Sri Lanka on their democratic presidential election and looks forward to working with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa", states a congratulatory message sent by the US Government.

The overall voter turnout in the election was around 83.73 percent, Sri Lanka's Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said.

Speaking at the historic Ruwanwelisaya under the shadow of King Dutugamunu's statue, Rajapaksa yesterday held a brief swearing-in ceremony where he stressed the need for professionalism and efficiency.

This makes the brothers heroes among Sri Lanka's Sinhalese majority and the noteworthy Buddhist clergy.

Rajapaksa is the latest nationalist leader to sweep to election victory, tapping into the anger and fears of majority communities. "We are pleased to see that and offer our honest congratulations to Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his success".

Around 40,000 Tamil civilians were allegedly killed at the end of the civil war in 2009.

Rajapaksa was declared victor in the presidential polls on Sunday after he defeated Sajith Premadasa, a housing minister in the current government. He offered a more liberal and inclusive vision but may have been damaged by his links to the current government.

Unifying the different communities - and the pursuit of post-war reconciliation - would be a daunting task.

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