Sri Lankan leader Junius Jayewardene was re-elected president for a six year-term in a crucial election which focused on the future of the country's economic and political system.
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Background: Sri Lankan leader Junius Jayewardene was re-elected president for a six year-term in a crucial election which focused on the future of the country's economic and political system. The 76-year-old leader polled just under 53 per cent of the six and a half million votes cast, with his main rival Hector Kobbekaduwa gaining 39 per cent of the poll. Voting began peacefully and quietly on October 20, with queues forming early at many voting stations. However, sporadic outbreaks of violence led the president to declare a state of emergency. All voters had their fingers marked with indelible ink and then made their preference on ballot paper. Observers say the president was supported by the country's skilled workers, traders and businessmen who approve of his attempts to get Western foreign investment and aid for the country. It had been expected that the Tamils, the country's largest ethnic minority who number just under two million, and who want independence, would boycott the election. However, nearly half a million of those who were eligible to vote, did so.