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Rajapaksa calls snap polls to seek record third term

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called early elections on Thursday, seeking an unprecedented third six-year term in office amid signs of a drop in popularity and demands of his powers to be curbed. Rajapaksa — who was elected in 2005 and in 2010 — called for snap elections, a full two years before his tenure ends. His proclamation…