Facing stiff challenge, Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa seeks to woo voters

December 23, 2014 1:03 PM

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Facing stiff challenge, Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa seeks to woo voters

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Facing possible defeat in his bid for re-election, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa sought to reassure voters on Tuesday that he would resist pressure for an international war crimes probe, bring a new political culture and ensure media freedom.

Rajapaksa's popularity has eroded in recent years due to public disgruntlement over high prices and allegations of corruption and nepotism, but until recently he had been expected to win an unprecedented third term in the Jan. 8 election.

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