Sri Lanka is governed under the constitution of 1978. The president, who is both head of state and head of government, is popularly elected for a six-year term; presidential term limits were abolished in 2010. Members of the 225-seat unicameral Parliament are also elected by popular vote for six-year terms. Administratively, the country is divided into nine provinces.
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