Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat to his opposition challenger on Friday after a presidential election, ending a decade of rule that critics say had become increasingly authoritarian and marred by nepotism and corruption.
New plans to expand Bahrain-Sri Lanka trade and investment links were part of talks to bolster co-operation as Bahrain’s HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa received Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Sri Lanka's main ethnic minority Tamil party secured a landslide victory in a provincial poll that has threatened to rekindle animosity between the government and Tamils, four years after the military crushed separatist rebels and ended a 26
Sri Lankan President Mahinda's Rajapaksa's ruling coalition has won a simple majority of seats in parliament, official results said on Friday, as counting continued.
Rajapaksa's United People's Freedom Alliance had won 120
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has won a second term in office, state-run Rupavahini television reported on Wednesday.
"The president has recorded a remarkable victory, with a more than 1.8 million vote majority," Rupavahini said.
Sri Lanka's president took a strong lead in early returns on Wednesday, but his main challenger said he feared arrest after troops surrounded the hotel where he and other opposition leaders were staying.