Sri Lanka stocks, rupee gain after Rajapaksa poll win

Gotabaya Rajapaksa supporters wave national flags near the election commission office in Colombo on November 17, 2019. (Photo by Reuters)

Sri Lanka's main stock index climbed nearly 1.9% while the rupee currency gained 0.4% on Monday, a day after former wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa won the presidential election by a big margin.

The stock index touched 6,135.20, its highest since Nov. 2, 2018. It was up 1.54% at 0600 GMT.

The rupee rose to 179.40 per U.S. dollar soon after it opened. It traded at 179.95 at 0601 GMT.

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