The people of Sri Lanka have chosen their next president: Gotabaya Rajapaksa has won a resounding victory against his main opponent, Sajith Premadasa. DW's Nimisha Jaiswal reports from Colombo on the celebrations and the unease after his victory.
The ruling party win in Sri Lanka will allow President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to change the constitution. The brothers are expected to strike down constitutional limitations on presidential power.
The Rajapaksa brothers could consolidate their hold on political power as Sri Lanka goes to the polls following months of delay due to coronavirus. The country has been without a parliament since March.
The parliamentary vote was postponed after the first COVID-19 cases were reported in the country. Sri Lankan authorities have received praise for their coronavirus measures - considered one of the best in the region.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who led the government's takedown of the Tamil Tigers a decade ago, has been declared the winner of the presidential election. Despite outbursts of violence, election turnout was at a record high.
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