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Sirisena calls for peace after surprise Sri Lanka victory
Published : Saturday, 10 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 4

COLOMBO, Jan 9 : Incoming Sri Lanka leader Maithripala Sirisena called for peace after ending the 10-year rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa, who conceded defeat today in a result that seemed improbable only two months ago.
"I call on all my supporters and those who helped me along my campaign to enjoy this victory peacefully and to act with restraint," Sirisena told reporters at the elections commission's office after he was declared the winner. "I thank the commission and police for ensuring it was a free and fair election."
Tamils' celebration
Tamils celebrated their key role in ousting Mahinda Rajapakse, whose 11th-hour charm offensive and exhortation to vote for "the known devil" was too little, too late.
"We were the deciding factor at this election," said school teacher Kanchana Keethiswaran in the northern Jaffna peninsula, scene of the worst of the violence in the decades-long conflict. "We hope the new president does not forget that he won only because of our (Tamil) votes."  ?AGENCIES

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