Beyond the colourful celebrations, the frenzy of firecrackers and the long line of supporters outside the residence of Maithripala Sirisena on Friday, the story of Sri Lanka’s seventh presidential elections was told by a set of numbers.
Sirisena had scripted a sensational win with 6,217,162 votes overall to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 5,768,090. In the Sinhalese-dominated southern provinces and elsewhere, it was Rajapaksa who led with 5,444,490 votes to Sirisena’s 5,239,051. But what really made the difference was this: in the northern and...
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