Sirisena: Sri Lanka’s dark horse candidate

January 7, 2015 12:15 PM

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Sirisena: Sri Lanka’s dark horse candidate

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Maithripala Sirisena was a low-profile minister when a rudderless opposition chose him to spearhead a campaign to topple the president, but he has become a symbol of discontent over government corruption.

Mahinda Rajapakse had looked set for victory until Sirisena walked out of his government a day after sharing dinner with the strongman president.

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