18 August 2015

EX-STRONGMAN LEADS EARLY ELECTION RESULTS IN SRI LANKA

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, center, gestures outside a polling station after casting his vote in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Sri Lankans voted in Parliamentary elections on Monday that will decide the political future of a former strongman leader seeking a comeback eight months after being unseated in a shocking election defeat.
Sri Lanka's former strongman leader narrowly leads in early parliamentary elections results Tuesday as he awaits a verdict on his come-back bid eight months after being unseated in a shocking election loss.

Mahinda Rajapaksa's United People's Freedom Alliance has won 21 of the 225 seats in results released so far from Monday's vote, while his closest rival sitting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party has won 20.