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          Sri Lanka’s president not running for re-election, as a record 35 candidates file nominations      
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3031909/sri-lankas-president-not-running-re-election-record-35
A record 35 candidates filed nominations on Monday for next month’s Sri Lankan presidential election, but the incumbent, Maithripala Sirisena, has opted not to seek a second term after the entry of popular former defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is considered the favourite.Rajapaksa, who served as defence chief under his brother and then-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, is popular for his part in ending Sri Lanka’s long civil war a decade ago.President Maithripala Sirisena, who likely would…


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