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S. Lanka opposition endorses ex-general for president

[Reuters, Thursday, 26 November 2009 09:39 No Comment]

Sri Lanka’s main opposition party said on Thursday it will support former army chief Sarath Fonseka’s candidature for presidential elections, in the most serious challenge to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bid for re-election.

Fonseka, widely credited for the army’s victory over Tamil Tiger rebels in May ending a 25-year revolt, is yet to formally announce his candidature for the election set for January.

"The UNP has taken a historic decision to endorse General Sarath Fonseka as its common candidate in the next presidential election," Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of United National Party told reporters.

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