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Sri Lanka minister defects to challenge president

A senior member of Sri Lanka`s government announced Friday he was quitting the ruling party to stand as the main opposition`s candidate against President Mahinda Rajapakse in upcoming elections.



Colombo: A senior member of Sri Lanka`s government announced Friday he was quitting the ruling party to stand as the main opposition`s candidate against President Mahinda Rajapakse in upcoming elections.

"I thank the UNP (United National Party) for choosing me as the common opposition candidate," Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, who also held the post of general secretary in Rajapakse`s party, told a press conference in Colombo. 

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