MINISTER: SRI LANKAN LEADER OK’D FOR 3RD CAMPAIGN

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – A Cabinet minister says Sri Lanka’s highest court has found no impediment to President Mahinda Rajapaksa seeking an unprecedented third term in office.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva announced the Supreme Court opinion in Parliament on Tuesday. The country’s constitution was changed to scrap a two-term limit. Opinion was divided over whether the change applied to Rajapaksa or would only apply to his successors.

Rajapaksa has said that he will announce a presidential election two years before the end of his second term.

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