Sri Lanka heads for fifth major election in five years

Sri Lanka is holding its fifth major election in five years Thursday after the Supreme Court rejected attempts by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to extend her term by a year. Sri Lanka is holding its fifth major election in five years Thursday after the Supreme Court rejected attempts by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to extend her term by a year. Voters will elect Sri Lanka’s fifth head of state since this former British colony adopted a presidential system borrowing from the US and French constitutions in 1978.

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