Voting begins in Sri Lanka presidential election

Voting begins in Sri Lanka presidential election

Voters queue up to cast their ballots at a polling station during the Sri Lankan presidential election in Colombo on November 16, 2019. (AFP photo)

Sri Lankans began voting Saturday in a tightly fought presidential election where former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa's family is seeking a return to power after five years.

Polling booths opened across the island at 7 am (0130 GMT) and voting would continue for 10 hours under tight security provided by 85,000 police, an election commission official said.