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Sirisena Calls for Peace After Surprise Sri Lanka Victory

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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.”