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Sri Lanka opposition backs general for president

The main opposition party in Sri Lanka has said it will support former armed forces chief Gen Sarath Fonseka if he stands for president.

The United National Party says it will back the general as a way of dislodging President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers from power.

Gen Fonseka, who recently retired, has yet to confirm he will stand.

He and the president are both Sinhalese nationalists but have fallen out with each other, correspondents say.

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