COLOMBO, Sri Lanka 

Sri Lanka has tightened security across the South Asian island as nearly 16 million people will go to the polls on Saturday to elect a new President. 

Ruwan Gunasekara, a police spokesman, told Anadolu Agency that a total of 60,175 police personnel will be on duty on Saturday. “We are providing sufficient security by also dispatching over 3,000 mobile units, and also deploying an anti-riot squad,” he said.

The elections will be closely contested between ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa, 52, and opposition candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 70, the former defense secretary who played a key role in

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