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Supporters of presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa gather at a campaign rally in Bandaragama, Sri Lanka, in early November. (Reuters)
Supporters of presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa gather at a campaign rally in Bandaragama, Sri Lanka, in early November. (Reuters)

After Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, fears dominate Sri Lanka’s election

Sri Lankans will cast their ballots Saturday for a new president in the first national elections since the devastating Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. The man tipped to win is a familiar face: Gotabaya Rajapaksa, once the country’s defense secretary.
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