Sri Lanka’s parliament votes for a new president as protesters wait

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By Uditha Jayasinghe, Devjyot Ghoshal and Alasdair Pal COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lankan authorities ringed parliament with heavy security on Wednesday as lawmakers prepared to choose between three candidates for president, hoping the new leader could pull the island out of a crippling economic and political crisis. A win for acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe, one of the main two contenders but opposed by many ordinary Sri Lankans, could lead to more demonstrations by people furious with the ruling elite after months of crippling shortages of fuel, food and medicines, several protesters have …

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