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Sri Lanka’s President Concedes Election Defeat

In Sri Lanka, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat as challenger Maithripala Sirisena consolidated an early lead in the presidential election. Political analysts say minority groups played a key role in ending the decade-long rule of the once-powerful leader, whose popularity had plummeted in recent years.   Vote counting was still in progress Friday morning when President Rajapaksa left his official residence and told the opposition leader in parliament, Ranil...

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