Sri Lanka's president faces fierce election fight after former ally defects to run against him

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Sri Lanka's president faces fierce election fight after former ally defects to run against him

In this Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 photo, a supporter holds a poster of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and attends an election campaign rally in the rain in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa faces a fierce political battle after a onetime close ally, former Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, suddenly defected from the ruling party to run against him in Thursday's presidential election. While Rajapaksa's campaign centers around his military victory and his work rebuilding the country's infrastructure and economy, Sirisena's focuses on reining in the president's expanding powers. He also accuses Rajapaksa of corruption, a charge the president denies. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) (The Associated Press)

In this Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 photo, supporters hold a poster of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his election campaign rally in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa faces a fierce political battle after a onetime close ally, former Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, suddenly defected fr...

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