Sri Lanka’s opposition candidate rejects results showing he lost presidential election


Sri Lanka’s opposition candidate says he will challenge reported results showing the president has won re-election.

In a letter to the election commission, Sarath Fonseka said Wednesday that the results showing President Mahinda Rajapaksa won 58 per cent of the vote were not valid.

He said he would begin legal proceedings to have them annulled.

State television said Rajapaksa won a commanding victory over his former army chief after a hard-fought election campaign.

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