Sri Lanka president, challenger sign up for expected tight January election

December 8, 2014 12:40 PM

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COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his former health minister, Mithripala Sirisena, submitted nominations on Monday to contest next month's presidential election, which is expected to be a tight race between the one-time party allies.

The election commissioner approved 19 nominations to contest the poll, which Rajapaksa - president since 2005 - called early with an eye to winning an unprecedented third term.

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