Polls have closed in Sri Lanka, where people have been voting for a new president. A record number of 35 candidates are on the ballot, but it's expected to be a tight race between the clear front-runners Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa.
Former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and relative newcomer Sajith Premadasa are the prominent candidates in Sri Lanka's presidential vote. Minorities are concerned a Rajapaksa win could be a step backwards.
Violent incidents marred Sri Lanka's presidential election; gunmen fired at a bus transporting Muslim voters to the polls. This only magnified national security as a top priority for the 16 million eligible voters.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who led the government's takedown of the Tamil Tigers a decade ago, has been declared the winner of the presidential election. Despite outbursts of violence, election turnout was at a record high.
Sri Lankans will elect a new president on Saturday, months after the April attacks jilted confidence in the government. Despite 35 contenders running, the vote will likely be dominated by two prominent candidates.
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