Sri Lankan Dhammika Chandrasekara is contesting for the Lombardy region in Italy’s upcoming regional government election.
A candidate from Partito Democratico, she is the only foreigner vying for a seat at the polls that takes place on February 12 and 13.
Chandrasekara said her intention was to represent fellow Lankans in Italy and also to support her home country and its tourism to grow.
The 57-year-old who hails from Kandana is a mother of three.
She left for Italy at the young age of 19 and did her studies while doing jobs in Rome, Napoli, Verona and Milan.