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Sri Lanka election: Ex-defence chief Rajapaksa set to win vote


Sri Lanka's former wartime defence chief looks set to win the country's presidential election.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has claimed victory and his main rival has conceded, but official results are not confirmed.

The election is the first the country held since a terror attack killed more than 250 people in April.

A total of 35 candidates were vying for votes in the presidential election, the third since the end of the country's decades-long civil war in 2009.

Mr Rajapaksa is a polarising figure who was seen as one of two front-runners in the race, along with government minister ...


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