Rajapaksa elected Sri Lankan president

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has won Sri Lanka's presidential election.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa has won Sri Lanka's presidential election.

Sri Lanka has a new president.

Former defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been officially declared the winner of the poll.

Rajapaksa won 52.25 of the vote, while his main opponent, ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa, received 41.9 per cent.

Australian Associated Press