Sri Lankan opposition leader drops out of presidential race as protests planned

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By Alasdair Pal and Uditha Jayasinghe COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan opposition leader Sajith Premadasa announced on Tuesday he had dropped out of the race to become president of the crisis-hit nation and promised his support to a rival candidate set to take on acting president Ranil Wickremesinghe. Students and other groups planned a mass protest against Wickremesinghe’s bid for president, as lawmakers gathered in parliament to finalise candidates for the role ahead of a vote on Wednesday. Protesters see Wickremesinghe as an ally of ousted president Gotabaya Rajapaksa. “For the greater good o…

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