The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 7, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 245

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DID FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS OCCUR IN SRI LANKA? Read more about how the election in Sri Lanka was conducted at the LAcNet Election Compendium

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Ranil set to take oath as Lanka PM
Gulf-News, December 8. Opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is due to meet President Chandrika Kumaratunga today to be sworn-in as the country's new prime minister. Wickremesinghe received a letter from the president's office yesterday inviting him to take over the job and and select a cabinet. Incumbent Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake from the Peoples Alliance (PA) officially resigned yesterday morning. The UNP led United National Front coalition which includes the Muslim Congress, Ceylon Workers Congress and defectors from the PA however ended four seats short of an absolute majority of 113 seats in the 225-seat parliament. More...
Published: Fri Dec 7 21:56:49 EST 2001
Related News Stories
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Promising peace talks, better economy, opposition wins Sri Lanka Parliament elections  - ABC News
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UNP wins poll; Ranil invited to form govt.  - The Hindu NUS
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Opposition wins Sri Lankan elections promising peace talks, better economy  - ABC News
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S.Lankans hope vote will bring peace, prosperity  - MSNBC
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Sri Lanka's rebuffed president still a force  - MSNBC
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Lanka Opp falls short of clear majority  - TOI
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Sri Lanka Announces Final Results of Parliamentary Elections  - People's Daily
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UNP secures 109 seats, seeks coalition to form govt  - 123India.com
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The United National party and it allies win absolute majority in parliament according to official final results released by the elections commission.  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

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TLA Poll: Election 2001
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US condemns Sri Lanka election violence
123India.com, Dec 08 2001 04:11 IST. The United States condemned a rash of violence which marred Sri Lanka's election campaign Friday, but said the vote, which set up an uneasy cohabitation between the president and new prime minister, appeared free and fair... Back to the top

EU monitors appalled by Sri Lankan president's revenge remarks
123India.com, Dec 07 2001 19:50 IST. A European Union poll observer team Friday expressed grave concern over election-related violence in Sri Lanka and said they were appalled that President Chandrika Kumaratunga had justified revenge attacks during the campaign... Back to the top

First Ever Buddhist Monk enters Sri Lankan Parliament
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 07/12/01 1230 GMT. First ever Buddhist monk, in the history of Sri Lanka’s over fifty years of parliamentary democracy, has been elected to the twelfth parliament... Back to the top

JVP shows massive increase
Tamilnet, December 7. The final results of the elections to Sri Lanka's 12th Parliament showed an upswing in popularity not only for the United National Party but also most remarkably in favour of the radical Marxist Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president seeks co-operation with new PM
123India.com, Dec 07 2001 21:57 IST. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Friday expressed willingness to cooperate with her bitter rival Ranil Wickremesinghe who will become the new prime minister after his party won the country's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Never ending curfews in Sri Lanka
NewIndPress, December 7. It WAS all over other than the shouting. President Chandrika Kumaratunga had already invited Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for talks on the formation of the next government, though the final results were yet to be declared... Back to the top

Dayananda Dissanayake stands tall
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.20 p.m Friday 7 December. Commissioner of Elections Dayananda Dissanayake delivering his address after the conclusion of the elections said that he was glad that he and his staff could conduct a fair election despite threats, intimidation and insults... Back to the top

"UNP-LTTE nexus theory fails to impress Sri Lankans"
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Dec. 7. (PTI). With the United National Party (UNP) winning a comfortable majority in the Sri Lankan Parliament, it has become clear that the theory of a UNP-LTTE "nexus" flaunted by the People's Allinace during election campaign had failed to stir the voters, a UNP spokesman said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's blunt new premier pledges pragmatism
MSNBC, december 7. Sri Lanka's prime minister-elect Ranil Wickremesinghe, is an unlikely veteran of the tough and dangerous world of Sri Lankan politics... Back to the top

Elections Commissioner calls for urgent steps to end election violence
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1700 slt 07.12.01. Elections Commissioner Dayananda De Sliva today called for urgent steps to end violence during campaigning and on polling... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Ranatunga scores but team bowled out
MSNBC, december 7. Sri Lanka's cricket World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga won a seat in the parliamentary election on Friday but will sit in opposition after his party was bowled out of government... Back to the top

Prime Minister elect to meet president tomorrow
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1635 slt 07.12.01. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has invited Prime Minister elect Ranil Wickremesinghe for a meeting at 5.30 PM tomorrow... Back to the top

Lohan Ratwatte flees Sri Lanka
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.35 p.m. SLT Friday December 7. Lohan Ratwatte, son of former Deputy Defence Minister Anuruddha Ratwatte was booked to leave Sri Lanka on Emirates Airlines flight number EK 815 departing from Colombo at 0045 hrs SLT bound for Male today... Back to the top

Prime Minister elect calls for peace
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1550 slt 07.12.01. Prime Minister elect in a has called for peace and requested his supporters to refrain from holding demonstration or rallies to mark the victory... Back to the top

Premier Rathnasiri Wickremanayake resigns
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.55 a.m. SLT Friday December 7. Premier Rathnasiri Wickremanayake resigned today as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Premier Concedes Election
Nothern Light, Friday, December 07, 2001 5:00 AM EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Promising open markets, economic development and peace talks with separatist rebels, the opposition United National Party won Sri Lanka's bloodiest parliamentary elections, government and opposition officials said Friday... Back to the top

Commissioner decides to conclude the general elections after meeting party leaders
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1424 slt 07.12.01. The election commissioner has decided to conclude the general elections after discussions with general secretaries of all political parties... Back to the top

Curfew reimposed amidst scattered post election violence
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1422 slt 07.12.01. The government reimposed a curfew through out the country from 3 pm till 6 am tomorrow amidst reports of post elections violence in some districts... Back to the top

Prime Minister concedes victory and resigns
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1503 slt 07.12.01. Prime Minister Ratanasiri Wickremenayake has tendered his resignation after conceding victory to the United National Front in the December 5th General Elections... Back to the top

Commissioner decides to conclude the general elections after meeting party leaders
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1424 slt 06.12.01. The election commissioner has decided to conclude the general elections after discussions with general secretaries of all political parties... Back to the top

Curfew reimposed amidst scattered post election violence
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1422 slt 06.12.01. The government reimposed a curfew through out the country from 3 pm till 6 am tomorrow amidst reports of post elections violence in some districts... Back to the top

Islandwide curfew from 3.00 p.m
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.17 p.m Friday 7 December. An islandwide curfew has been imposed with effect from 3.00 p... Back to the top

Two killed in post-election violence in Sri Lanka
123India, December 7. At least two people were shot dead when rival Tamil political parties clashed in northern Sri Lanka Friday shortly after election results were announced there, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka lifts curfew after violence-marred poll
MSNBC, 07 December 2001. Sri Lanka lifted on Friday a nationwide curfew imposed after a parliamentary election marred by violence and ballot-box stuffing, as the country awaits the poll result... Back to the top

7 LTTE men killed in Lanka fighting
TOI, December 7. Sri Lanka's army launched a major attack on Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's east - killing at least seven rebels, the defence ministry said Friday... Back to the top

Crushing defeat for Chandrika, UNP cashes on economic mess
NewIndpress, December 7. The Colombo streets are silent. There are no victory marches... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Opposition Edges Toward Majority
ABC News, 12/07/2001 1:17 am ET . By Scott McDonald COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's main opposition party on Friday was expected to win a majority after a bitter parliamentary election, giving it the power to act on its pledge to push forward peace talks with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Muslims defy curfew, bury dead after Sri Lanka poll
MSNBC, Dec 5. Sri Lanka's main Muslim party held tense funerals on Thursday for 12 supporters killed in clashes with the ruling party as thousands defied a curfew imposed after a parliamentary election plagued by violence... Back to the top

District results at a glance
Daily Mirror, 07 December 2001. District Results/Graphics Back to the top

War or Peace? - Political Parties not in agreement
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 06/12/01 1915 GMT. The LTTE youth who are very capable should lay down the arms and help build Sri Lanka, said the Presidential candidate of the Sinhala Nationalist Radical Party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Nandana Gunathilake... Back to the top

Vote For Peace and Change -UNP
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 06/12/01 1640 GMT. The results of the yesterday’s general elections show the desire of the nation for Peace and a change of the way they are being ruled, a senior leader of the United National Front (UNF)/ Party (UNP) said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's potential political stand-off
BBC, December 6. If the leader of the United National Front, Ranil Wickramasinghe, becomes the next Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, the scene may be set for a political and constitutional stand-off... Back to the top

Lanka Academic Election Forecasts.
The Lanka Academic, December 6. We have provided an Election results forecast on our election update service based on an algorithm developed by our enthusiastic volunteers... Back to the top

Main reason was "Kitchen Problem" - PA
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 06/12/01 1710 GMT. Sri Lankan voters have decided to defeat the Peoples’ Alliance (PA) as the cost of living was very high, a leader of the ruling party said... Back to the top

Lanka consulate alerts recruiters
Gulf-News, 07 December 2001. The Sri Lankan Consulate in Dubai has alerted recruiting agents at home to check the credentials of UAE companies before hiring workers for them, said a senior diplomat... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition leader claims victory in vote
123India.com, 07 December 2001. Sri Lanka's main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Thursday claimed victory at parliamentary elections and said he will form a government once legal formalities were completed... Back to the top

Two EPDP in Jaffna, one PLOTE in Vanni
Tamilnet, 07 December 2001. The TNA got 102324 votes in Jaffna, 86284 in Batticaloa and 41959 in the Vanni electoral district, election officials said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka extends curfew as opposition looks set to take power
123India.com, Dec 06 2001 18:54 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 6 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main opposition claimed victory Thursday after a parliamentary vote tarnished by violence and vote rigging, as authorities extended a curfew amid fears of a backlash against supporters of the ruling party... Back to the top

Voting in several areas annulled
Gulf-News, 07 December 2001. Sri Lanka's Election Commi-ssioner said yesterday he had annulled voting in several areas in the country's parliamentary election because of violence and suspected ballot stuffing... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Opposition Says Majority in Sight
ABC News, 12/06/2001 3:45 am ET . By Scott McDonald COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's main opposition party on Thursday claimed a surprise win in a violence-marred parliamentary vote that may signal a quick return to peace talks with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

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