Mahinda relinquishes power.

Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa accepting his defeat left Temple Trees he used as his official residence a short while ago. He left the premises while the results of the presidential election were being released.

According to unofficial results Mr. Maithripala Sirisena has won the election with a majority of more than 250,000 votes.

Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who carried out a propaganda campaign that was severely criticized by political analysts, accepted defeat with dignity.

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