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Sri Lanka's Catholic Church urges government not to use pope's visit to help election campaign

mobile.reuters.com — Sri Lanka's Catholic Church urges government not to use pope's visit to help election campaign By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Catholic Church has urged the government not to use a forthcoming visit by Pope Francis to help its re-election campaign after media reported posters had appeared depicting the pontiff blessing President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka's Catholic Church urges government not to use pope's visit to help election campaign

reuters.com — Rajapaksa is seeking an unprecedented third term in a snap poll on Jan. 8, just days before the pope is due to visit Sri Lanka. Ravaya, a local Sinhala paper, published over the weekend a photograph of a campaign poster that had superimposed photos of the president and the pope to depict them smiling at one other with the caption: "Blessings of the Holy Father; You are our president, victory for you."

Sri Lanka presidential candidate's telecast blocked, technical error cited

in.mobile.reuters.com — Sirisena made his first television campaign appearance on Saturday and it was to have been carried live by the Sirasa network. But viewers complained that the telecast was blocked by two pay TV operators, a subsidiary of Dialog Axiata and Peo TV, owned by Sri Lanka Telecom in which the state has a more than 50 percent stake.

Sri Lanka presidential candidate's telecast blocked, technical error cited

mobile.reuters.com — Sirisena made his first television campaign appearance on Saturday and it was to have been carried live by the Sirasa network. But viewers complained that the telecast was blocked by two pay TV operators, a subsidiary of Dialog Axiata and Peo TV, owned by Sri Lanka Telecom in which the state has a more than 50 percent stake.

Sri Lanka presidential candidate's telecast blocked, technical error cited

reuters.com — Sirisena resigned as health minister on Friday and said he would challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a snap election in January. Rajapaksa is seeking an unprecedented third term and remains a popular leader despite foreign criticism over his sweeping powers and human rights record.

Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa wins 2015 budget vote despite defections

reuters.com — Credit: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo November 17, 2013. Rajapaksa is aiming for a budget deficit of 4.6 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), its lowest since 1977, from this year's revised 5 percent.

Sri Lanka president seeks third term, critics want powers curbed

mobile.reuters.com — Sri Lanka president seeks third term, critics want powers curbed By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday he would seek an unprecedented third term as president, prompting one of his lawmakers to join the opposition with a call to curb the presidency's "draconian powers".

UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka president seeks unprecedented third term as critics seek to unseat him

af.reuters.com — (Adds details, quotes) By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO Nov 20 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday called a presidential election, seeking an unprecedented third six-year tenure, but demands for his power to be curbed and a possible split in his vote base means re-election won't be a walkover.

Sri Lanka president seeks unprecedented third term as critics seek to unseat him

uk.reuters.com — COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday called a presidential election, seeking an unprecedented third six-year tenure, but demands for his power to be curbed and a possible split in his vote base means re-election won't be a walkover.

Sri Lanka president seeks unprecedented third term as critics seek to unseat him

dailymail.co.uk — COLOMBO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday called a presidential election, seeking an unprecedented third six-year tenure, but demands for his power to be curbed and a possible split in his vote base means re-election won't be a walkover.
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RT @newsfirst_en: LIVE : Massive amounts of state funds are being used for this election - Rajitha Senaratne #lka #SriLanka #SLdecides15

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