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Sri Lanka’s presidential elections to be held between 17th September and 16th

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The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has announced the dates for the upcoming presidential election, which will take place from 17th September to 16th October. The commission, chaired by R M A L Ratnayake, stated that nominations will be called for within this timeframe, in accordance with the country’s constitution.

Ranil Wickremesinghe, who assumed office as Prime Minister in May 2022 amidst anti-government protests, succeeded Mahinda Rajapaksa and later ascended to the presidency, replacing Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Discussions are now ongoing for Wickremesinghe to contest the upcoming election under a new symbol, aiming to avoid conflicts.

The election comes at a critical time for Sri Lanka, as the country faces a deepening economic crisis. Issues such as dwindling foreign reserves, soaring inflation, and mounting debt levels have sparked widespread unrest. The COVID-19 pandemic has further worsened these challenges, disrupting supply chains and stifling economic activity.

In response, the government has implemented austerity measures and sought assistance from international financial institutions. However, discontent among the populace remains high, making the upcoming election a pivotal moment for the country’s future.

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