Maithripala Sirisena was officially sworn in as the new president of Sri Lanka , The swearing-in ceremony was held in the capital, Colombo, on Friday.
The former health minister have 51.28-percent share of the votes in the election that was conducted on Thursday.
The new prime minister and the head of the opposition United National Party (UNP),Ranil Wickremesinghe, said during the ceremony, “People want a new political culture. I don’t want anyone taking the law into their own hands.”
Sirisena appreciated the out going president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had led the country since 2005, for a “fair and free election that allowed me to be the president.”
“We will have a foreign policy that will mend our ties with the international community and all international organizations in order that we derive maximum benefit for our people,” Sirisena stated.
More than 70 percent of the 15 million eligible voters came out for the election, that was held in over 12,000 polling stations nationwide. Not less than 70,000 security officers were deployed across the country for the election.