The Lanka Academic

 
APRIL 4, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 4, NO. 364

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TULF Leader Says People With No Moral Right Sent To Parliament from the North
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.45 A.M Monday 5 April. Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) V. Anandasangaree says that members of parliament elected from the north representing the ITAK got no moral right to come to parliament since the elections in the north were not held in a free and fair manner and under a rule of dictatorship. Sangaree who contested as an independent from Jaffna, said that members of all the other parties were not allowed to campaign freely from the day of nomination until the day of polling. He spoke of how they were harassed by LTTE's 78-member motorcycle gang of which 48 did not have number plates. TULF leader said " Imagine those people terrorizing a small place like Jaffna in those bikes. There has being only a dictatorship there during the last two years. LTTE is doing as they please over there. They have ruled the north both the cleared and the uncleared areas. We were never allowed to campaign freely. We were not even allowed to have polling agents. It is not the way for anyone to come to parliament."

Anandasangaree said both he and the EPDP leader Douglas Devananda complained to the Commissioner of Elections regarding the situation that prevailed before and during the elections. The veteran leader also pointed out that the members of the ITAK coming to parliament would also mean that terrorism has being legalized in the country. The TULF leader did not want to comment on his future plans.
Published: Sun Apr 4 20:46:35 EDT 2004


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LTTE charged with rigging Jaffna poll
hinduonnet.com, April 4, 2004 : 1730 Hrs. Colombo, April 4. (PTI): A key Tamil politician in Sri Lanka has charged Tamil Tiger rebels with rigging the poll in the embattled northern Jaffna peninsula and accused the election commissioner of "legalising terrorism." V Anandasangari who contested independently in the once war-torn peninsula alleged that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had organised widespread impersonation of voters in Friday's parliamentary election. "The next generation will curse you for legalising terrorism," Anandasangari, once a prominent member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), told the commissioner during the meeting here Sunday. More...
Published: Sun Apr 4 22:30:11 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Investors wary after Lanka polls
gulf-daily-news.com, 5 April 2004 . COLOMBO: By failing to deliver a clear-cut victory for one party, Sri Lanka's election has dealt a blow to the fragile economy which has been dogged by political instability and the shaky progress of peace talks with Tamil rebels, analysts said yesterday. Since the political crisis which erupted in November, foreign investors have already shelved or delayed $150 million of promised investment to Sri Lanka, according to official figures. More...
Published: Sun Apr 4 22:31:00 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Kadiragamar new Prime Minister?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 4,2004, 11.37 pm. Presidential Advisor Lakshman Kadiragamar is tipped to be the United Peoples Freedom Alliance’s (UPFA) Prime Minister... Back to the top

Election Department announces final results, UPFA leads with 23 seats
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 4, 2004, 11.30 pm. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has secured 105 parliamentary seats in 22 districts, at the 13th General Election, which concluded on Friday, The United National Party (UNP) has managed to secure 82 seats, while the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), which is popularly known as the LTTE backed Tamil National Alliance, has taken 22 seats... Back to the top

UPFA To Form New Government!
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3.15 P.M Sunday 4 April 2004. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance is expected to form the new government either by this evening or tomorrow morning... Back to the top

Sinking Peace in Sri Lanka
csmonitor.com, April 05, 2004 . One positive outcome of Sept. 11 was that it shed a harsh light on terrorist tactics in several civil wars. One was in Sri Lanka, the island nation off India where a cease-fire was declared after 9/11 by the Tamil Tigers guerrilla group... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ’ s new PM , Cabinet to be appointed Monday
tamilnet.com, April 04, 2004 17:44 . Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister of the thirteenth parliament is to be sworn in on Monday... Back to the top

Election results, major political victory for freedom struggle- LTTE
Tamilnet, April 4. The Tamil people have delivered a clear message on the "concept of the Tamil Homeland, Tamil Nationalism and the right for Tamil self rule should be accepted as the basic aspirations of the Tamil people and that the Tamil national problem should be politically resolved on that basis, failing which the Tamil people will fight to establish the Tamil sovereignty in their homeland on the principle of self determination," said the Political division of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in an official communique released in the peace secretariat website... Back to the top

CWC to defect from UNP?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 4, 2004, 11.59 pm. The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) is expected to extend their support to the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA)... Back to the top

JVP says ‘Thank you’ to the masses
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 4, 2004, 11.55 pm. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which is the second largest constituent of the victorious United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today expressed their gratitude to the people for having faith in them and voting them to victory... Back to the top

Fears for peace process as Sri Lanka president wins in hung ...
channelnewsasia.com, 04 April. COLOMBO : Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party led election results but failed to secure a stable government needed to revive peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president's party says it wants talks again with Tigers
Associated Press, Sun April 4, 2004 12:21 EDT . DILIP GANGULY-Associated Press Writer-COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president, whose political alliance won the most seats in parliamentary elections, plans to make a resumption of peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels her ``top priority,'' her chief aide said on Sunday... Back to the top

Election official: No re-voting in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun April 4, 2004 01:27 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Voting will not be held again in two areas where there were widespread reports of irregularities in Friday's parliamentary election, Sri Lanka - 's election commissioner said Sunday, paving the way for the release of final results... Back to the top

Buddhist monks to stay neutral in Sri Lanka s new parliament
xinhuanet.com, COLOMBO, April 4. The group of Buddhist monks who were elected into the Sri Lankan parliament in Friday's parliamentary elections are to stay neutral in conducting their affairs, a senior monk said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president's party appears headed for election win, but coalition government likely
Associated Press, Sun April 4, 2004 04:00 EDT . TIM SULLIVAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga's political alliance appeared headed for a victory Sunday in parliamentary elections, though it seemed unlikely to win an absolute majority and would have to forge a coalition government... Back to the top

Sri Lankans race to finish off with top medals in marathon at regional games
Associated Press, Sun April 4, 2004 07:04 EDT . - - ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Anuradha Cooray and Ajith Bandara raced to win the gold and silver medals in the marathon Sunday at the South Asian Federation Games... Back to the top

S.Lankan election chief says serious malpractice absent in polls
People's Daily, 04 April. Sri Lanka's Election Chief said Saturday that Friday's parliamentary poll in the country was free of major malpractice... Back to the top

Rebel LTTE faction gets five seats in Lankan parliament
Hindustan times, APril 4. The breakaway faction of the LTTE, led by Col.Karuna, has secured five of the 22 seats won by the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), which fought the April 2 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections as a proxy of the LTTE. Indications are that the Karuna faction will help President Chandrika Kumaratunga's United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to form a government... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

U.S. Government calls for early resumption of Sri Lanka 's peace talks
Associated Press, Sat April 3, 2004 22:39 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The United States wants the new Sri Lankan government to quickly resume peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, the U... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Hard-liners apparently gain in Sri Lanka vote
palmbeachpost.com, April 4. ri Lankan hard-liners opposed to sweeping concessions to Tamil rebels appeared to have gained the upper hand in national elections, according to preliminary results released Saturday... Back to the top

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... 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

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

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