What’s next for Sri Lanka? Nation looks toward presidential race as economic crisis continues

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Sri Lankans are looking to elect a new leader after ousted president Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to Singapore and resigned amid months of protests over the worst economic crisis to hit the nation since it gained independence in 1948. Rajapaksa named his close ally, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, as “acting president”. With the nation still in turmoil, Wickremesinghe has secured the backing of the ruling party as he tries to win the presidential race expected to go to a vote on July 20, 2022. He is among four candidates competing for the top job.

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