November 20, 2014 / 8:33 AM / 3 years ago

Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa seeks unprecedented third term as president

COLOMBO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday signed a proclamation declaring a presidential election, seeking an unprecedented third six-year tenure.

"I am declaring a secret today. I have signed the proclamation calling for the election for re-election for the third time... That is democracy," Rajapaksa said, addressing a gathering on state television. (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Writing by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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