(English Translation of Excerpts from Speech made by President elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa after Being Declared the Winner Officially)
It’s no overstatement: today we made history together.
16th November 2019 will be remembered as the day when the wounds of the past were healed, and our nation moved forward to embrace the future.
Sri Lankans chose hope over fear, unity over conflict, smile over anger. Our vision for a better tomorrow, won the hearts and the minds of the people.
From now on, the path to great achievements lies open in front of us and this was our first step together with many other accomplishments to follow. I promise not to stop, until we reach the heights Sri Lankans aspire to.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be the President, not only of those who voted for me but as the President of all Sri Lankans. “I am the President of not only those who voted for me but also those who voted against me and irrespective of which race or religion they belong to.
I am deeply committed to serving all the people of Sri Lanka.The trust you have invested in me is deeply moving and being your president will be the greatest honor of my life. We have so much to realize together in order to set our country on the course to a brighter future – a future that will truly benefit all Sri Lankans.
Let’s put our vision into action!