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Diyawadana Nilame of the Dalada Maligawa, Pradeep Nilanga Dela (File Photo)

Pradeep Nilanga Dela has been re-elected as the Diyawadana Nilame of the Dalada Maligawa. He is the 20th Diyawadana Nilame.

The term of the Diyawadana Nilame lasts for a period of 10 years. He is the chief lay custodian of the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth Relic) in Kandy.

Dela was also the incumbent Diyawadana Nilame, having been first elected to the position on July 1, 2005. He was serving as the Maligawa’s acting Diyawadana Nilame prior to the election, after his term officially ended on July 1, this year.

Dela secured 205 votes, giving him an overwhelming majority among the candidates who contested for the post.

His closest challenger, Gayan Heenkenda secured 53 votes while former Diyawadana Nilame Neranjan Wijeyeratne could muster only 31 votes.