Sri Lanka is voting to elect a brand new president because it reels below a deepening financial disaster and its 22 million folks endure as a result of a scarcity of fundamental provides, together with meals and gas. The election is being held within the wake of the resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who has been accused of mismanaging the island nation’s economic system.
Here’s a have a look at the three candidates within the race for the highest put up
- Performing President Ranil Wickremesinghe, 73, has the backing of Rajapaksas’ SLPP, the most important bloc within the 225-member parliament. An opposition MP stated Wickremesinghe’s hardline stance towards demonstrators was taking place properly with MPs who had been on the receiving finish of mob violence, and most SLPP legislators would aspect with him. Observers consider that if Wickremesinghe wins, he’ll crack down arduous on the demonstrators, who’ve accused him of defending the Rajapaksas’ pursuits.
- Wickremesinghe’s essential opponent shall be SLPP dissident and former schooling minister Dullas Alahapperuma, a former journalist supported by the opposition. If he wins, the 63-year-old is anticipated to call opposition chief Sajith Premadasa as prime minister. Premadasa withdrew his candidature and stated he’s supporting Alahapperuma. Analysts say that the Opposition is leaving no stone unturned to maintain Wickeremesinghe away from holding on to energy. This is the reason Premadasa withdraw his candidacy, they are saying.
- The third candidate is Anura Dissanayake, 53, chief of the leftist Individuals’s Liberation Entrance, whose coalition has three parliamentary seats. He has earlier served because the nation’s cupboard minister for agriculture, livestock, lands and irrigation.
(With inputs from Reuters and AFP)