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Lieutenant Colonel Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, RWP, RSP, psc, GR is a Sri Lankan politician and former military officer currently serving as the 8th President of Sri Lanka since 2019. He has previously served as Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development from 2005 to 2015 under the administration of his elder brother former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, leading the Sri Lankan Armed Forces to the military defeat of the Tamil tigers, which ended the Sri Lankan Civil War.
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'Want to take relationship with India to a higher level,' says Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, meets PM ModiThe newly-elected Sri Lankan President also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's visit to India: All you need to know
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2019Polling booths opened across the country at 7 am on Saturday and it continued for 10 hours under tight security provided by 85,000 police Gotabaya Rajapaksa claims victory with huge majority
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Former Sri Lankan defence chief Rajapaksa to become president after rival concedes electoral defeatSri Lanka's former wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was set to become president after his main rival conceded defeat on Sunday in an election that came months after bombings by Islamist..
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Sri Lanka's Premadasa accepts defeat at presidential poll; steps down from party positionSri Lanka's ruling party presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa on Sunday accepted defeat in the presidential poll and congratulated his rival former wartime defense chief, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Sri Lanka election: Ex-defence chief Rajapaksa set to win voteSri Lanka's former wartime defence chief, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, declares victory in the race.
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