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First Sri Lankan elections since defeat of Tamil Tigers

AJ Contributor

Sri Lankans have voted in the country’s first presidential election since Tamil Tiger rebels were defeated after more than 25 years of civil war.

The day passed largely peacefully but there were several minor bomb blasts.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces a close contest against his bitter rival, former army chief Gen Sarath Fonseka.

Full story: BBC News – Bitter rivals vie for Sri Lanka presidency