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Sri Lanka presidential candidate eyes youth to beat pro-China rival

Moderate Premadasa takes to social media as Nov. 16 election nears

Sajith Premadasa, Sri Lanka's presidential candidate of the New Democratic Front, an alliance led by the United National Party, thinks the country's youth hold the key to his election success. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

COLOMBO -- As campaigning enters the final stretch in Sri Lanka's Nov. 16 presidential polls, Sajith Premadasa, the leading political moderate in the fray, is staking his hopes for victory on the country's first-time voters.

He aims to garner support from those who came of age after the strategically located South Asian island ended a decade of increasingly authoritarian rule.

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