Sri Lanka's strongman president voted out after decade in power




 
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January 9th, 2015  
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By Shihar Aneez and John Chalmers COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost his bid for a third term on Friday, ending a decade of rule that critics say had become increasingly authoritarian and marred by nepotism and corruption. As results rolled in overnight from Thursday's election, it became clear that Rajapaksa had been beaten by opposition candidate Mithripala Sirisena, a one-time ally who defected overnight in November and derailed what the president thought would be an easy win. ...




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