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Sri Lanka opposition supporters block road over economic hardship, polls

6 September 2018

Thousands of Sri Lankan opposition demonstrators led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa blocked a main road in Colombo on Wednesday in protest at economic hardship and the delaying of provincial polls. the protest was to force the government to hold delayed provincial council polls.

The authorities have said the delays are due to deliberations about a possible new electoral system. Rajapaksa was ousted in 2015 amid allegations of human rights abuses, threatening journalists and rights defenders, and corruption.