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In pictures: Sri Lanka votes

Voters stand in queue to cast their ballot in Sri Lanka

Analysts say this is one of Sri Lanka's most critical polls as the two main candidates have such differing views on the peace process.

A man voting in Sri Lanka

Voters affected by the tsunami are expected to play a key role in the outcome.

Villagers turn back at a road block in eastern Sri Lanka

Road blocks in Tamil Tiger controlled areas contributed to the low turn there.

A policeman in a deserted polling booth in Batticaloa district in eastern Sri Lanka

Heightened security in Batticaloa district in eastern Sri Lanka, but not many voters.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse casting his vote in the election

Presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse has pledged a hard line in peace talks with the Tamil Tigers.

Sri Lankan opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe casts his vote in Colombo

Opposition leader and presidential candidate Ranil Wickramasinghe was the prime minister when a ceasefire was reached with the Tigers 2002.





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