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Bitter rivals go head to head in Sri Lanka vote

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Sri Lankans have voted in the country's first presidential election since Tamil Tiger rebels were defeated after more than 25 years of civil war.

The day passed largely peacefully but there were several minor bomb blasts.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces a close contest against his bitter rival, former army chief Gen Sarath Fonseka. Both men say they expect to win.

Charles Haviland reports.

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