Topic: United National Party
Voting proceeded smoothly Tuesday in Sri Lanka's presidential election, though bomb attacks delayed early polling in the north, where challenger Sarath Fonseka is counting on support. Results for the tight race between him and incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa are expected Wednesday.
The island's first elections in two decades had been intended as a test of the peacemaking process with the breakaway fighters.
Saturday's elections in an old Tamil Tiger stronghold offer the prospect of more autonomy and an end to civil war.