Sri Lanka to hold presidential election on November 16

Sri Lanka to hold presidential election on November 16 Following a 2015 constitutional amendment, the next president will have fewer powers than his predecessors. will hold presidential election on November 16, the head of the island nations election body said, as its dollar 87bn economy struggles to recover from a political crisis and the aftermath of the deadly Easter bombings in April. Sri Lankas Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said almost 16 million people in the country are eligible to vote in the election. Election Commission officials have said there could be a record 18 candidates. Analysts say it is possible that a runoff count will be needed to decide the winner of a tight contest in which no one is likely to get more than 50 percent of first preference votes.  President Maithripaa Sirisena is eligible to run but has not announced his intentions. The next president will have fewer powers than his predecessors, following a 2015 constitutional amendment that will hand more powers to the prime minister and Parliament after the election. Slow economic growth, national security, endemic and deep ethnic and religious divisions in the South Asian nation will be key issues at the upcoming polls, political analysts say. The main opposition party in Sri Lanka, Podujana Peramuna party, is led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa who has already nominated his younger brother and wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghes centre right United National Party is yet to nominate its candidate but party sources told Reuters news agency it was likely to be decided between deputy leader Sajith Premadasa and Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. Gotabaya, 70, is widely seen as the frontrunner due to his popularity among Sri Lankas Sinhala Buddhist majority but is feared by minorities and victims of  abuses. SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan. Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodias timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross border trade. Residents of long neglected northwestern tribal belt say incorporation into Pakistan has left them in a vacuum. © 2018 Al Jazeera Media Network We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. about how we use cookies. By clicking Accept you agree to these cookies. To decline click here.

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