COLOMBO, Sri Lanka 

After running as an opposition candidate, Sri Lanka’s one-time defense secretary is cruising to an apparent comfortable victory from Saturday’s presidential election. 

Although final results have not been announced, ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa has already conceded to Gotabaya Rajapaksa. In a statement issued Sunday morning, he said: “At the conclusion of a hard-fought and spirited election campaign, it is my privilege to honour the decision of the people and congratulate Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his election as the seventh President of Sri Lanka.”

Premadasa also announced his resignation from deputy leader of the ruling United National

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