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2010 Election Results
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Sri Lanka Police Arrest Staff of Election’s Loser
The NewYork Times, January 29, 2010 . The police raided the office of Sri Lanka’s defeated presidential candidate on Friday and arrested 15 of his staff members, after officials accused him of plotting to overthrow the government and assassinate his victorious rival.

The candidate, Sarath Fonseka, a general who carried out the successful military operation against the Tamil Tiger insurgency last year, called the allegations fabricated and vowed to challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party in coming parliamentary elections.

The two men were close allies when they crushed the rebels last year, but had a falling out after the war ended in May. General Fonseka joined the opposition to run against the president, with both sides campaigning on their record as heroes who ended the 26-year separatist rebellion.

Mr. Rajapaksa swept to a resounding victory in Tuesday’s vote, beating the former army chief by 17 percentage points. But General Fonseka rejected the results and accused the government of stealing more than one million of his votes during the tallying process.

The government denied this, and in turn accused General Fonseka of plotting to kill Mr. Rajapaksa and overthrow the government with the help of army deserters and former military officers. More...
Published: Fri Jan 29 20:35:40 EST 2010

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Swiss radio says Sri Lanka correspondent expelled
AP, Jan 29. Swiss national radio says one of its journalists has been ordered to leave Sri Lanka after asking critical questions at a postelection news conference earlier this week. Radio DRS spokesman Andreas Notter says the station's South Asia correspondent Karin Wenger was told by the Sri Lanka government to leave the country by Monday. Notter said Friday the government gave no reason for the expulsion. More...
Published: Fri Jan 29 13:44:13 EST 2010 Back to the top

Down but not out, Sri Lanka's Fonseka to run again
AP, Jan 29. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka's defeated presidential candidate will contest a parliamentary seat during general elections later this year, an opposition activist said Friday.

Sarath Fonseka will challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa's party in parliamentary elections after losing the presidential race earlier this week, said Mano Ganeshan, an opposition official.

Rajapaksa swept to a resounding victory in Tuesday's vote, beating his former army chief Fonseka by 17 percentage points.

Fonseka said he does not accept the results and will take the matter to court. On Thursday, he alleged the government stole more than 1 million of his votes during the tallying process. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 29 11:59:13 EST 2010 Back to the top

Fraud allegations taint Sri Lankan election
Age, Jan 29. VOTING patterns in Sri Lanka's turbulent presidential elections appear to have confirmed the destructive ethnic divisions that fuelled decades of civil war... Back to the top

Rights group questions Sri Lanka's presidential vote
afp, jan 29. COLOMBO (AFP) – A regional rights group raised serious questions Friday over the handling of Sri Lanka's presidential elections, fuelling a possible legal challenge of the result by the defeated candidate... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president to dissolve parliament, call poll
Reuters, Jan 28. COLOMBO (Reuters) -- Re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa will dissolve parliament shortly and call a legislative election, his office said Thursday, in a move that could enable him to reshape the unwieldy coalition now backing him... Back to the top

Beaten Sri Lankan general considers asylum in Australia
abc, jan 28. Beaten Sri Lankan presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka says he could consider seeking asylum in Australia... Back to the top

Fonseka attempted to assassinate Rajapaksa, says Sri Lanka
HT, Jan 28. Sri Lankan government on Thursday hit back at defeated Opposition candidate Gen Sarath Fonseka, alleging he had attempted to "assassinate" President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family... Back to the top

Sri Lanka may 'take action' over opposition candidate
BBC, Thursday, 28 January 2010. Sri Lanka is considering taking action against defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, the defence secretary has told the BBC... Back to the top

Security alert in India over LTTE landings, ammunition seizure
Sify, 2010-01-28. A security alert has been sounded following the seizure of ammunition on the Tamil Nadu coast and the arrest of four Indian men who allegedly helped former Tamil Tiger guerrillas fleeing Sri Lanka take shelter in India... Back to the top

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