The presidential election has a record 35 candidates from across the political spectrum [File: Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo]
On November 16, Sri Lankans will go to the polls to elect a new president, a landmark vote as the island nation struggles with a sluggish economy, security challenges and increasing political polarisation.
Here is everything you need to know – who the candidates are, how the government works, and the implications of the possible outcomes.
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This year’s election has a record 35 candidates running from across the political spectrum.
Incumbent Maithripala Sirisena, elected in 2015, will not be seeking re-election, leaving the fight down to two candidates: The ruling United National Party’s (UNP) Sajith Premadasa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the opposition