Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya officially declared Maithripala Sirisena as the new President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka a short while ago.
Making the official declaration in terms of the powers vested in him by the Constitution, Deshapriya said that Mr. Sirisena obtained a clear majority by getting 51.28% votes, and is therefore the new President of the country.
Addressing the media and the candidates, at the Elections Department, he thanked the outgoing President for ensuring a peaceful election and a transfer of power thereafter.
President elect Maithripala Sirisena is set to be sworn in before, a senior Judge of the Supreme Court and not before Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, legal sources close to Mr. Sirisena told Daily Mirror.
Article 32 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic specifies that the President elect should be sworn in before the Chief Justice or any judge of the Supreme Court.
Many parties including the United National Party (UNP) have consistently maintained that the impeachment of the former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake was illegal.