Sri Lanka elections: Rajapaksa hopes for comeback

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Sri Lankans are going to the polls in a general election, with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa hoping to return to office as prime minister.

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Mr Rajapaksa lost the presidency in a snap election in January to his former health minister, Maithripala Sirisena.

Four people have died in violent incidents during the campaign although monitors say there has been less violence than in previous years.

Fifteen million people are eligible to vote, with results expected on Tuesday.

Polls opened at 07:00 local time (01:30 GMT) and will close at 16:00.

Mahinda Rajapaksa is standing as a member of parliament for the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

If Mr Rajapaksa wins his seat by a large margin, and the UPFA secure an outright majority, President Sirisena (who leads the UPFA) will be under pressure to name him prime minister.

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Posted on August 17, 2015, in Sri Lanka. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Sri Lanka elections: Rajapaksa hopes for comeback.

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