President Rajapaksa faces a real and unprecedented challenge

Al JazeeraSri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa may have expected to easily secure a third term in office.

But now he faces a real and unprecedented challenge, after his former health minister, Maithripala Sirisena, decided to run against him in Thursday’s vote.

Rajapaksa also stands accused of corruption, nepotism and human rights violations during his country’s long civil war.

So, will Sri Lankans still give him a third term in office?

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