efe-epaColombo

Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Sunday was declared victor in the Sri Lanka presidential polls with his closest rival Sajith Premadasa of the ruling party conceding defeat.

The Electoral Commission said the brother of two-time former president Mahinda Rajapaksa had taken 52 percent of the national vote, compared to Premadasa's 41.99 percent. EFE-EPA