Sri Lanka president seeks unprecedented third term as critics seek to unseat him

November 20, 2014 8:32 AM

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Sri Lanka president seeks unprecedented third term as critics seek to unseat him

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday called a presidential election, seeking an unprecedented third six-year tenure, but demands for his power to be curbed and a possible split in his vote base means re-election won't be a walkover.

Rajapaksa, 69, came to power in 2005 and won a second term in 2010 on a wave of popularity after the military defeated Tamil Tiger separatists, ending a 26-year civil war.

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