Rajapaksa thanks voters

Colombo, Jan 9 (IANS) Outgoing Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday said he accepted “the people’s verdict” that saw him go down to the opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena in presidential election.

After conceding defeat, Rajapaksa tweeted: “Thank you to all the thousands of Sri Lankans who supported me.
“I value and respect our democratic process and the people’s verdict, and look forward to the peaceful transition of power,” he added.