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Counting of votes underway for Presidential elections in Sri Lanka

The results of Sri Lanka s presidential election will be announced on Sunday as counting of votes is underway in an election that was marred by incidents of violence that left several people injured.The winning candidate must secure over 50% of the votes before being declared president.According to the local media, Rajapaksa, the main opposition candidate, was leading with 52.87 per cent while housing minister Sajith Premadasa had 39.67 percent out of half a million votes counted.While according to Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka), Sri Lanka s Housing and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa took an early lead in a fiercely fought presidential election. Premadasa, belonging to the United National Party (UNP) or the main ruling party in the country, was leading with 50.52 per cent votes, while former wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had 41.97 per cent out of half a million votes counted.The election is the first incumbency test of the UNP-led government since the April 21 ...

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