Sri Lanka votes for change, Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat in presi

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    Sri Lanka votes for change, Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat in presidential elections

    Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday conceded defeat in Sri Lanka's tightest-ever presidential race and left his official residence, with cumulative results showing opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena ahead.
    "President Rajapaksa left Temple Trees bowing to the people's mandate in the presidential election", a statement from Rajapaksa's office said.
    With final result yet to be declared, Sirisena is expected to be declared winner by around 4,00,000 votes.
    Sri Lanka votes for change, Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat in presidential elections
    Supported by coalition of Opposition parties Maithripala Sirisena is leading with 52 per cent of the vote.
    #mahinda rajapaksa #mithripala sirisena #tamil national alliance #sri lanka
    "President had talks with the main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and conveyed his wish to let the new President take over without any hindrance", it said. Rajapaksa, who sought a record third term, was involved in a grim battle for survival.
    Sri Lankans yesterday voted in large numbers in the bitterly contested presidential election in the biggest political shake-up in over a decade. The election officials had estimated more than 65-70 per cent voting in most places.
    There were 19 candidates in the fray. But the main fight was between two-term president 69-year-old Rajapaksa and his 63-year-old former cabinet colleague Sirisena.
    Rajapaksa had called the election two years ahead of schedule, hoping to win a record third six-year term before the defeat of the Tamil Tigers fades in the memory of the people of the island which saw a three decades war over the demand of a separate Tamil Eelam.
    The veteran politician was taken by surprise by the candidacy of former health minister Sirisena, who walked out of the government a day after polls were called. That set off a wave of political turmoil and energised a long-dispirited opposition that had not been looking forward to the election.
    Rajapaksa was the undisputed leader of Lanka for nearly a decade. But the country is grappling with divisions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil minority groups. The opposition campaign had accused Rajapaksa of nepotism, misrule, corruption and authoritarianism.
    Rajapaksa's brothers - Gotabhaya and Basil - are defence and economic ministers respectively besides a number of his family members who are holding key posts and positions.
    Sirisena backed by the main opposition United National Party and another key breakaway group the JHU or the Buddhist Monk party have plans for a series of constitutional and democratic reforms.

    Sri Lanka votes for change, Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat in presidential elections - IBNLive
     
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    How's this sirsena's approach to tamils. Also what could it mean for ind-sri relations. Anyone whose been following lankan politics care to elaborate?
     
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    All you need to know about Maithripala Sirisena - The Hindu
     
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    Re: Sri Lanka votes for change, Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat in p

    Good, we now have a guy who can be very friendly to India (and the west), because he will have to appease a Tamil votebank. Chinese influence over SL has just taken a beating.
     
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    Colombo opposition takes anti-China stand - The Hindu
     
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    Re: Sri Lanka votes for change, Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat in p

    I am surprised that Rajapaksye lost.

    He was riding the crest of his popularity so much so he called for an early election.

    Poor chap, his gamble did not pay off.

    Lesson to be learnt is that one should not bee too cocky.
     
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    This is he important part:

    This is how China funded projects go - overestimate and share the loot.

    But he is a good politician. He then played a balancing act by stating all this would have led to bartering of Ceylon to China and India.
     
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    I don't think Chinese influence is going to decrease in Sri Lanka, there is a paranoia in Sri Lanka against Indians and Tamil Nadu in particular.
     
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    There was a paranoia against India when TN exerted political influence over Delhi (DMK or ADMK held stakes at the centre). Now that doesn't exist. Lankans rejoiced BJP getting power without Tamil help.
     
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    Chinese influence will no longer be a competitive entity. More so, the padded costs that the Chinese have added on their projects will get highlighted since they were close to Rajapakse's family and because the new govt will play it up to enhance its credibility with the voters, every other deal with the Chinese will be put under more stringent scrutiny.

    Therefore, the free run the Chinese experienced thanks to the Rajapakse family will no longer be the case.
     
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    This is an old Sri Lankan policy which predates LTTE and it's issues with Tamils/Tamilnadu. Sri Lanka policy has been to India as the big Shark of the Indian Ocean which needs to be kept in check. That is why Sri Lanka repeatedly supported Pakistan during Indo-Pak wars and allowed the US to have a Naval Base in Northern Sri Lanka (India responded by arming the LTTE).
     
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    I wonder why our Sri Lankan posters like @HeinzGud are not commenting on this thread.

    It is important to know the reaction from the grassroot beyond what is available in the media.
     
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    This is about their national psyche ever since they got independence from Britain, not about the politics. A Central government without a Dravidian party or an another political party in Sri Lanka won't make much difference. We need to careful from these Lankans who are hellbent to make Indian ocean region vulnerable to contain India. BTW let me clarify I am not Tamil.
     
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    Sir ji, this not about investment or Chinese quality but their intent of containing India by giving extra space to Chinese.
     
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    You people are still willing to trust the Lankan reptiles. Well good luck:thumb:
     
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    That's a bit a harsh language. :shocked:
     
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    Remember unlike our other neighbors, we had no disputes with these reptiles and they sided with Pakis anyway, even before the LTTE saga. They are reptiles who will bite you the minute you let your guard down. You are welcome to trust them though.
     
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    That containment attempt will no longer be a free lunch with the new Govt, it appears.
     
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    Read more at: What Sirisena's win in Sri Lanka means for India - Livemint


    Seems like large number of SL Tamils voted for him That should make it easier to work with him for India. I do not see that much of a change tbh. We will know more about him soon. But it is going to take more to remove the Chinese influence. But for a start some people are already frustrated: 4 times the road cost, massively expensive plants that barely work terrible behaviour of Chinese who visit the island etc.
     
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