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2010 Election Results
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Nominations filed in Sri Lanka
hindu, feb 28. Colombo: The process of electing Parliament in Sri Lanka has entered its second phase with the closing of filing of nominations for the election scheduled for April 8.

As per the Elections Secretariat, 7,696 candidates from 24 political parties and hundreds of independent groups are in the fray.

The defeated opposition candidate in the January 26 presidential election, General (retired) Sarath Fonseka, is also in the battle.

A total of 1,40,88,500 voters will elect 196 of the 225 Members of Parliament while 29 will be elected from national lists of political parties. Parliament is scheduled to meet on April 22.

The opposition parties, which supported General (retired) Fonseka in the presidential election, are divided into two groups, giving an edge to the ruling combine led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 27 22:23:26 EST 2010

Petition challenging Rajapaksa's election filed in Sri Lankan SC
pti, feb 28. COLOMBO: A petition has been filed in the Sri Lanka's Supreme Court by New Democratic Front (NDF) challenging the election of president Mahinda Rajapaksa, alleging that there had been widespread discrepancies in the vote count.The petition was filed yesterday by Shyamila Perea, the general secretary of the NDF under which defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka contested the January elections against incumbent Rajapaksa.The NDF, comprised of many opposition parties, has named election commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake and the attorney general in the petition.The petition said the sovereignty guaranteed in the country's constitution had been violated due to the actions of the Commissioner of Elections. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 27 23:56:57 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: ambitious plan to rebuild 'ground zero' in war with Tamil Tigers
Christian Science Monitor, Feb 27, 2009. Jaffna, Sri Lanka

In chartered buses and private cars, Sri Lankans pour into this war-ravaged city, finally rejoined to the rest of the country.

Some are ethnic Tamils coming home to see relatives after decades living elsewhere. Others are Sinhalese tourists from the south, curious to see a long-denied corner of their island.

Jaffna served as ground zero in Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war, which ended last May with the defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The city remains run-down, hollowed out by war, occupation, and isolation.

But nine months of peace has opened up road links, pared down the number of military checkpoints, and ended a nighttime curfew in Jaffna. Ambitious postwar plans call for the rebuilding of its cratered downtown, though it will take more than money to undo the damage of a bitter, ethnic-based conflict over land and power.

"It will take many, many years," says S K Sirtrampalam, a retired historian More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 26 20:44:25 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's dissenting voices 'silenced'
bbc, feb 27. When Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-elected president of Sri Lanka in January, media organisations and human rights groups said they hoped the suppression of dissenting voices would end... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's human-rights and free-speech problems need international attention
The Seattle Times, Feb 27, 2008. In post-civil war Sri Lanka, where democratic institutions are more imperiled than ever, the international press has a vital role to play — even more important than the diplomatic efforts of our governments — in forcing greater transparency and accountability... Back to the top

S.Lanka stx at record, foreigners continue to exit
Reuters, Feb 27, 2010. COLOMBO, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares hit a record high on Friday on retail buying, but foreigners stuck to the exit trajectory after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) delayed the third tranche of a $2.6 billion loan to the island nation... Back to the top

General Sarath Fonseka to fight in Sri Lanka parliamentary elections
Times Online, Feb 27, 2010. General Sarath Fonseka, the former Sri Lankan army chief, who was arrested this month on coup charges, filed nomination papers yesterday to contest parliamentary elections on April 8 as the leader of an opposition alliance... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Inflation Rate Rises, Leaving Less Room to Hold Rates
Bloomberg, Feb. 26. Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s inflation accelerated to a 12-month high in February, giving the central bank less room to keep benchmark interest rates unchanged to bolster the economy’s recovery. Consumer prices in the capital, Colombo, rose 6.9 percent from a year earlier after gaining 6.5 percent in January, the statistics agency said on its Web site today... Back to the top

Fonseka supporters further detained
bbc, feb 27. A court in Sri Lanka has allowed the police to further detain six Sri Lanka army (SLA) officers arrested on suspicion of conspiring to overthrow the government... Back to the top

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