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Gotabaya Rajapaksa claims victory in Sri Lanka’s presidential election

Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has claimed victory in Saturday’s presidential election, according to early reports.

As counting continues across the island, with many districts still to release their results, Rajapaksa reportedly released a statement asking his supporters “to celebrate the victory peacefully”.

See more from the BBC’s Azzam Ameem here.

 

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