The Lanka Academic

 
APRIL 3, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 4, NO. 363

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Tigers hold the key to Lankan crisis
TOI/IANS, APril 4. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's alliance on Saturday staked its claim to form a new government as general elections produced no clear winner and raised the prospects of more political uncertainty. With Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe refusing to accept defeat and hoping to cobble up some kind of a coalition, it was clear that the single largest group in the 225-seat house would be Chandrika's centre-left Freedom Alliance. Election officials still counting the 10 million votes cast on Friday said the Freedom Alliance could end up with about 105 seats and would be in desperate need of eight more seats to cross the halfway mark needed to form a government More...
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Why did Sri Lankan PM lose votes? Analysis
BBC, APril 3. Why did the prime minister of Sri Lanka, who negotiated a halt to a bloody two-decade-long war with the Tamil Tiger rebel movement, fail to get a decisive mandate from his people in Friday's general election?This is a question many are asking in Sri Lanka as the results so far point to a hung parliament with the alliance of his rival, President Chandrika Kumaratunga, in the lead. Mr Wickramasinghe may have been hoping for a sympathy vote after the president unceremoniously dismissed three of his ministers in November and then called the elections only two years after he had taken office. More...
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Lanka polls: Kumaratunga s party leads, repolling in two ...
deepikaglobal.com, 04 April. Colombo, Apr 3 (PTI) Sri Lanka's parliamentary election results could be delayed up to a week pending fresh voting called in two districts affected by rigging, even as results announced so far show clear lead for President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party, yet short of a simple majority.The polls in two districts had to be annulled after reports of irregularities and according to election officials fresh elections in the districts could be conducted within a week only. Until then, the all-island final resutls will not be released. More...
Published: Sat Apr 3 17:15:39 EST 2004 Back to the top

Monks' party considering tie-up that could form Sri Lanka 's new government
Associated Press, Sat April 3, 2004 09:23 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A powerful party led by Buddhist monks announced Saturday they were considering invitations to join either of Sri Lanka - 's major political parties and provide a majority to form Sri Lanka - 's next government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president s party says victory is certain
japantoday.com, 04 April. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party declared victory Saturday in Sri Lanka's third parliamentary election in four years... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's final poll results likely to be delayed
Xinhuanet, APril 3. COLOMBO, April 3 (Xinhuanet) -- The final result of Sri Lanka's 13th parliamentary election held on Friday could be held back by aweek, election officials said on Saturday... Back to the top

World News: Uncertainty in Sri Lanka, Kumaratunga seeks to form government
Kerala News, April 3. Colombo, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's alliance Saturday staked its claim to forming a new government as general elections produced no clear winner and raised the prospects of more political uncertainty... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president's party leads, but no majority
Reuters, April 3. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party was poised to win a general election on Saturday, but will be shy of a parliamentary majority, complicating efforts to restart peace talks with Tamil rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president vindicated for political gamble
reuters.com, April 03, 2004, 13:30 AM EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's street-smart president was vindicated for her tough line on the Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday when her party regained power and emerged victorious from a running feud with the prime minister... Back to the top

India News Tamil leader blasts mass cheating by Tamil Tigers
newkerala.com, April 03, 2004, 13:30 AM EST. A prominent Sri Lankan Tamil moderate politician Saturday blasted the Tamil Tigers for masterminding what he said was a "mass fraud" that helped an alliance backed by it to sweep the elections in the country's north and east Back to the top

Vote rigging halts Sri Lanka poll
News.com.au, April 3. SRI Lanka's final election results could be held up for a week pending a fresh poll in two areas affected by vote rigging, a top election official said... Back to the top

Lanka poll results awaited
ndtv.com, April 03, 2004, 13:30 AM EST. Counting is underway after Sri Lankans voted on Friday to elect their 13th parliament... Back to the top

US congratulates Sri Lanka on peaceful parliamentary election
xinhuanet.com, April 03, 2004, 13:30 AM EST. COLOMBO, April 3 (Xinhuanet) -- The US embassy here on Saturday congratulated the Sri Lankan people on the conclusion of a relatively peaceful parliamentary election held on Friday with a high level of voter turnout... Back to the top

Sri Lanka set for coalition government after mixed vote verdict: ...
channelnewsasia.com, 03 April. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka will have a coalition government as no party secured a clear majority in just concluded parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told AFP... Back to the top

Rebels to sweep Sri Lanka north amid fraud reports
deepikaglobal.com, Saturday, April 3, 2004 . COLOMBO, Apr 3 (Reuters) A rebel-backed party looked set to win an electoral sweep of Sri Lanka's Tamil-majority north and east today, but monitors and election officials said the poll there had been marred by widespread rigging... Back to the top

World News Schism in LTTE shows no signs of ending
newkerala.com, Apr 3 . A month after it all began, a stunning rift in the world's most feared insurgent group shows no signs of healing, putting a question mark on the future of Sri Lanka's peace process... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Opposition in Line to Win Minority
Reuters, April 2. COLOMBO (Reuters) - President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party is in line to win Sri Lanka's third general election in four years but will be just shy of a parliamentary majority, early returns showed Saturday... Back to the top

SLDF Denounces Massive Election Fraud in North and East
SLDF -NewsWire, April 2. As the polls closed in Sri Lanka’s April 2 election, one thing was clear... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Leader Gains Boost in Election
miami.com, April 02, 2004, 22:15 EST. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The Sri Lankan president's alliance gained a boost in early vote counting Saturday after residents turned out in force for parliamentary elections, hoping to help set the agenda for peace talks with a ruthless rebel army... Back to the top

Polling In Jaffna Subjected to Systematic Impersonation-CMEV
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.10 A.M Saturday 3 April. The Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) say that polling in the Jaffna District was subjected to systematic impersonation, warranting an annulment of the poll followed by a re poll of the District... Back to the top

President s party takes lead in Sri Lanka vote
channelnewsasia.com, April 03, 2004, 01:30 AM EST. COLOMBO : President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party has taken a comfortable lead as counting in Sri Lankan parliamentary elections got underway, official results showed... Back to the top

EPDP calls for the annulment of Trincomalee District
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 2, 2004, 11.59 pm. The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) has requested Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake for an annulment of the Trincomalee District, due to large scale impersonation and ballot box stuffing by the LTTE at today’s elections... Back to the top

Several major areas in the Eastern province affected by large scale rigging at today’s polls
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 2, 2004, 11.56 p.m.. Muslim dominated areas in the Eastern province were also affected with election related intimidation... Back to the top

Police decides not to impose curfew due to the prevailing peaceful environment
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 2, 2004, 11.39 pm. Inspector General of Police Indra de Silva today announced that due to the prevailing ‘peaceful’ atmosphere in the country, there is no necessary to impose curfew... Back to the top

Sri Lanka parties neck and neck as vote count progresses
channelnewsasia.com, April 02, 2004, 22:15 EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's two main parties were in a close fight on Saturday as the elections commission began releasing results of parliamentary polls, officials said... Back to the top

Tamil Parties Call for Fresh Elections In Jaffna
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.45 P.M Friday 2 April. EPDP, EPRLF and other Tamil parties are calling for fresh elections to be held in Jaffna... Back to the top

Large voting turnout seen at Sri Lanka parliamentary polls, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri April 2, 2004 14:15 EST . - - Large voting turnout seen at Sri Lanka - parliamentary polls, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lanka awaits results after mostly clean vote
reuters.com, April 02, 2004, 22:15 EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankans held one of their most peaceful elections in decades but still did not know early on Saturday if the result would break a political deadlock that has stalled efforts to end a two-decade civil war Back to the top

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