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Print edition : September 18, 2015

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa (right) greets Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the United National Party, as he arrives to be sworn in as the new Prime Minister in Colombo on August 21. Photo: DINUKA LIYANAWATTE/REUTERS

President Maithripala Sirisena arrives in the eastern town of Muttur on August 22 to meet Tamils, some 205 families of whom were to be returned their land that had been occupied by the Army during the war with the LTTE. Photo: Ishara S.Kodikara/AFP

Voters queue up at a polling centre in Colombo on August 17. Photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

The United National Party’s victory in the seventh general elections symbolises voters’ desire for peace and reconciliation and an end to divisive politics.

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