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Sri Lanka Begins Voting to Replace its Fledgling President
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Sri Lanka Begins Voting to Replace its Fledgling President

The Sri Lanka parliament began voting Wednesday for a new president following the storming of Gotabaya Rajapaksa's palace by angry protesters. To lead the crisis-ridden country, legislators voted in booths set up on the floor of the chamber to choose between three candidates in Sri lanka. Parliamentary secretary-general Dhammika Dasanayake reminded members that photographing ballot papers is an offense. A number of previous elections have been plagued by allegations of vote-buying and corruption. As a result, the winner will take charge of a bankrupt nation in bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund, where 22 million people face severe food, fuel, and medicine shortages. There were hundreds of heavily armed troops and police outside the parliament, but there were no si...