Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulates Sirisena

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday congratulated opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena on his victory in the presidential election, an official said.

PTI| Last Updated: Jan 09, 2015, 11:45 AM IST

Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday congratulated opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena on his victory in the presidential election, an official said.

Sirisena, a former government minister, deserted the president and changed sides to become the opposition`s candidate in November, Dailymirror.lk reported.

He has vowed to root out corruption and bring constitutional reforms to weaken the president`s power, the report added.

Earlier, President Mahinda Rajapaksa left his official residence Temple Trees after meeting Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and the cabinet and assuring a smooth transfer of power.