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Dhaka Tribune

Sri Lankan leader calls early presidential polls

Update : 20 Nov 2014, 07:09 PM

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday called early elections to seek a third term in office amid growing criticism of his wide-ranging powers.

The move, two years before his current term expires, is seen as an attempt by Rajapaksa to prevent an expected loss of public support if an election were held according to schedule.

He continues to enjoy much of the popularity he gained by ending a 25-year civil war in 2009, but recent provincial elections showed signs of a slide in support amid rising living costs, corruption allegations and a deterioration in law and order.

Rajapaksa had earlier promised to abolish the presidency because of widespread criticism that the office has too much power and lacks accountability. 

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