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Sri Lankan war allies turn enemies

WOOING VOTERS One of the South Asian country’s presidential candidates has survived an assassination attempt, while the other enjoyed a brief movie career

AFP , COLOMBO

In a brief movie career, he took on the role of an army general in the 1993 Sinhalese film, Nomiyana Minusun — the Immortals. Both presidential candidates had their schooling in Sri Lanka, uncommon in a country where the political elite are generally educated abroad.

Fonseka has no political credentials and frequently appears uncomfortable out of uniform, particularly when facing the media. His public speaking is in stark contrast to Rajapakse’s fiery rhetoric.

He won a US “Green Card” lottery which gives him residency rights in the US. His two daughters are studying in the US.

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