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Sri Lanka votes

<p>A woman walks away from a box used to mark her choices for the presidential elections, at a polling station in Colombo January 26, 2010. Sri Lankans began voting on Tuesday in the country's first national election since the end of a 25-year conflict in May, with two former allies who lay claim to the victory vying to rebuild a nation finally without war.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

A woman walks away from a box used to mark her choices for the presidential elections, at a polling station in Colombo January 26, 2010. Sri Lankans began voting on Tuesday in the country's first national election since the end of a 25-year conflict...more

A woman walks away from a box used to mark her choices for the presidential elections, at a polling station in Colombo January 26, 2010. Sri Lankans began voting on Tuesday in the country's first national election since the end of a 25-year conflict in May, with two former allies who lay claim to the victory vying to rebuild a nation finally without war. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>A man holds his ballot card as he queues at a polling station in Colombo January 26, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

A man holds his ballot card as he queues at a polling station in Colombo January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

A man holds his ballot card as he queues at a polling station in Colombo January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>Men arrive to vote in the presidential elections in Medamulana, about 220 km (137 miles) southeast of central Colombo, January 26, 2010.   REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte</p>

Men arrive to vote in the presidential elections in Medamulana, about 220 km (137 miles) southeast of central Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Men arrive to vote in the presidential elections in Medamulana, about 220 km (137 miles) southeast of central Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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<p>Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa shows a victory sign after voting in the presidential elections in Medamulana, about 220 km (137 miles) southeast of central Colombo, January 26, 2010.   REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte</p>

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa shows a victory sign after voting in the presidential elections in Medamulana, about 220 km (137 miles) southeast of central Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa shows a victory sign after voting in the presidential elections in Medamulana, about 220 km (137 miles) southeast of central Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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<p>A man sits next to an election poster of Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Tangalle, about 160 km (99 miles) south of central Colombo January 25, 2010.    REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte</p>

A man sits next to an election poster of Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Tangalle, about 160 km (99 miles) south of central Colombo January 25, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

A man sits next to an election poster of Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Tangalle, about 160 km (99 miles) south of central Colombo January 25, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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<p>Supporters of presidential candidate, retired General Sarath Fonseka, dance in the streets at the closing of polls in Colombo, January 26, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

Supporters of presidential candidate, retired General Sarath Fonseka, dance in the streets at the closing of polls in Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Supporters of presidential candidate, retired General Sarath Fonseka, dance in the streets at the closing of polls in Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>A polling officer carries a sealed ballot box past police to a counting centre in Colombo, January 26, 2010.   REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte</p>

A polling officer carries a sealed ballot box past police to a counting centre in Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

A polling officer carries a sealed ballot box past police to a counting centre in Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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<p>A polling officer carries sealed ballot boxes to a counting center in Colombo January 26, 2010.    REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte</p>

A polling officer carries sealed ballot boxes to a counting center in Colombo January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

A polling officer carries sealed ballot boxes to a counting center in Colombo January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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<p>Presidential candidate former army commander General Sarath Fonseka looks up during a news conference on the current election violence, in Colombo January 26, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

Presidential candidate former army commander General Sarath Fonseka looks up during a news conference on the current election violence, in Colombo January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Presidential candidate former army commander General Sarath Fonseka looks up during a news conference on the current election violence, in Colombo January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>A fisherman rides his bicycle past posters of former army commander and presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka in Tangalle, about 160 km (99 miles) south of central Colombo January 25, 2010.   REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte</p>

A fisherman rides his bicycle past posters of former army commander and presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka in Tangalle, about 160 km (99 miles) south of central Colombo January 25, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

A fisherman rides his bicycle past posters of former army commander and presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka in Tangalle, about 160 km (99 miles) south of central Colombo January 25, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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<p>Supporters of presidential candidate, retired General Sarath Fonseka, dance in the streets at the closing of polls in Colombo, January 26, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

Supporters of presidential candidate, retired General Sarath Fonseka, dance in the streets at the closing of polls in Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Supporters of presidential candidate, retired General Sarath Fonseka, dance in the streets at the closing of polls in Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>Supporters of presidential candidate, retired General Sarath Fonseka, argue with police after celebrating the closing of polls in Colombo, January 26, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

Supporters of presidential candidate, retired General Sarath Fonseka, argue with police after celebrating the closing of polls in Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Supporters of presidential candidate, retired General Sarath Fonseka, argue with police after celebrating the closing of polls in Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>A police officer stands guard at the entrance to a polling station in Colombo January 26, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

A police officer stands guard at the entrance to a polling station in Colombo January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

A police officer stands guard at the entrance to a polling station in Colombo January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>A woman leaves a polling station after voting in Colombo January 26, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

A woman leaves a polling station after voting in Colombo January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

A woman leaves a polling station after voting in Colombo January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>Supporters incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa dance in the streets at the closing of polls in Colombo, January 26, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

Supporters incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa dance in the streets at the closing of polls in Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Supporters incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa dance in the streets at the closing of polls in Colombo, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>A woman looks out of her shop next to campaign posters for incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, January 25, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

A woman looks out of her shop next to campaign posters for incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, January 25, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

A woman looks out of her shop next to campaign posters for incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, January 25, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa gestures to thousands of Buddhist monks during a special religious ceremony before the elections in Colombo, January 24, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa gestures to thousands of Buddhist monks during a special religious ceremony before the elections in Colombo, January 24, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa gestures to thousands of Buddhist monks during a special religious ceremony before the elections in Colombo, January 24, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>A Buddhist monk waits on a bus next to a campaign poster of Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after praying with Rajapaksa during a special religious ceremony, before the elections in Colombo, January 24, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

A Buddhist monk waits on a bus next to a campaign poster of Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after praying with Rajapaksa during a special religious ceremony, before the elections in Colombo, January 24, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew...more

A Buddhist monk waits on a bus next to a campaign poster of Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after praying with Rajapaksa during a special religious ceremony, before the elections in Colombo, January 24, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>A supporter of presidential candidate and former Army chief, General Sarath Fonseka, adjusts a headband with Fonseka's image at his final public rally of the presidential campaign in Colombo, January 23, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

A supporter of presidential candidate and former Army chief, General Sarath Fonseka, adjusts a headband with Fonseka's image at his final public rally of the presidential campaign in Colombo, January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds more

A supporter of presidential candidate and former Army chief, General Sarath Fonseka, adjusts a headband with Fonseka's image at his final public rally of the presidential campaign in Colombo, January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>Supporters of presidential candidate and former Army chief, General Sarath Fonseka, wait for Fonseka's arrival at a final public rally for the presidential campaign in Colombo January 23, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

Supporters of presidential candidate and former Army chief, General Sarath Fonseka, wait for Fonseka's arrival at a final public rally for the presidential campaign in Colombo January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Supporters of presidential candidate and former Army chief, General Sarath Fonseka, wait for Fonseka's arrival at a final public rally for the presidential campaign in Colombo January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>A girl holds up a picture of Sri Lanka's incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa while waiting for him to speak at a political rally for his presidential campaign in Nittambuwa, 40km (25 miles) north east of Colombo, January 21, 2010.    REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

A girl holds up a picture of Sri Lanka's incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa while waiting for him to speak at a political rally for his presidential campaign in Nittambuwa, 40km (25 miles) north east of Colombo, January 21, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew...more

A girl holds up a picture of Sri Lanka's incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa while waiting for him to speak at a political rally for his presidential campaign in Nittambuwa, 40km (25 miles) north east of Colombo, January 21, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>A soldier watches a crowd of supporters as Sri Lanka's President Rajapaksa specks at a final political rally for his presidential campaign in Piliyandala January 23, 2010.   REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte</p>

A soldier watches a crowd of supporters as Sri Lanka's President Rajapaksa specks at a final political rally for his presidential campaign in Piliyandala January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

A soldier watches a crowd of supporters as Sri Lanka's President Rajapaksa specks at a final political rally for his presidential campaign in Piliyandala January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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<p>Supporters cheer as Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives at a final political rally for his presidential campaign in Piliyandala January 23, 2010.    REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte</p>

Supporters cheer as Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives at a final political rally for his presidential campaign in Piliyandala January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Supporters cheer as Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives at a final political rally for his presidential campaign in Piliyandala January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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<p>Supporters of Sri Lanka's incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa react as he enters a political rally for his presidential campaign in Nittambuwa, 40km (25 miles) north east of Colombo, January 21, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

Supporters of Sri Lanka's incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa react as he enters a political rally for his presidential campaign in Nittambuwa, 40km (25 miles) north east of Colombo, January 21, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Supporters of Sri Lanka's incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa react as he enters a political rally for his presidential campaign in Nittambuwa, 40km (25 miles) north east of Colombo, January 21, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>Retired General Sarath Fonseka waves to supporters from behind bullet-proof glass during a political rally for his presidential campaign in Colombo January 20, 2010.   REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds</p>

Retired General Sarath Fonseka waves to supporters from behind bullet-proof glass during a political rally for his presidential campaign in Colombo January 20, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Retired General Sarath Fonseka waves to supporters from behind bullet-proof glass during a political rally for his presidential campaign in Colombo January 20, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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<p>A brochure promoting incumbent Presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa is seen during a government trade union rally in Colombo, January 19, 2010.   REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte</p>

A brochure promoting incumbent Presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa is seen during a government trade union rally in Colombo, January 19, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

A brochure promoting incumbent Presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa is seen during a government trade union rally in Colombo, January 19, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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<p>Supporters cheer as Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives at a final political rally for his presidential campaign in Piliyandala January 23, 2010.    REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte</p>

Supporters cheer as Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives at a final political rally for his presidential campaign in Piliyandala January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Supporters cheer as Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives at a final political rally for his presidential campaign in Piliyandala January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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<p>Children dressed similar to Sri Lanka?s President Mahinda Rajapaksa stand in front of a poster of him at a political rally for the presidential campaign, in Colombo, January 13, 2010.    REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte</p>

Children dressed similar to Sri Lanka?s President Mahinda Rajapaksa stand in front of a poster of him at a political rally for the presidential campaign, in Colombo, January 13, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Children dressed similar to Sri Lanka?s President Mahinda Rajapaksa stand in front of a poster of him at a political rally for the presidential campaign, in Colombo, January 13, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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