Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president, Monday, November 18, in a ceremony seen on Sri Lanka’s Rupavahini TV.
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In his inaugural address Monday at the Ruwanwell Seya Buddhist Temple in the north-central region, Rajapaksa urged the minority Tamil and Muslim communities who voted against him to work with him.
The newly-installed president pledged in his address Monday that national security would be a major priority of his administration. Sri Lanka was rocked by the deadly Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attacks on Easter that killed 269 people.
The new leader, who is 70, oversaw the military defeat of the Tamil separatists 10 years ago.