Tamil Diplomat

MR concedes defeat and leaves

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat at the 2015 Presidential elections and left Temples Trees, the President’s office said.

Director of the President’s media unit Vijayananda Herath said that the President had left Temple Trees following a brief discussion with opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The President had said that he was leaving Temple Trees after accepting the people’s verdict and in order to allow the new President to take office.

Common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena was leading in the votes counted so far and is headed for victory in the polls.