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Voting begins in Sri Lanka parliamentary poll
The Hindu, April 7, 2010. Polling has begun in Sri Lanka to elect a new parliament for the country in which President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is expected to get a comfortable majority.

President Rajapaksa voted at a polling station in Hambantota in western Sri Lanka.

Polling began at 7 am and will continue till 4 pm. Counting will begin on Thursday evening and first results are expected by Friday morning.

The elections, which come on the heels of Mr. Rajapaksa’s win in the January 26 presidential polls, will see as many as 7,620 candidates from 36 political parties and 306 independent groups.

Mr. Rajapaksa’s party is locked in a three-cornered contest with the main opposition UNP alliance and the JVP.

Thursday’s elections are also seen More...
Published: Wed Apr 7 23:39:07 EDT 2010

Q+A - Sri Lanka's president aims to change constitution
Reuters, April 07, 2010. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is aiming to get his ruling alliance a two-thirds majority in the 225-member parliament at polls on Thursday.

That would give the him the votes he needs to amend Sri Lanka's constitution. Although Rajapaksa has said little about the changes he wants, the opposition has vowed to thwart what it calls a threat to democracy and a recipe for authoritarianism.

Here are some questions and answers about what may happen:


It is difficult to predict, but history is against him: only More...
Published: Wed Apr 7 13:13:22 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Rajapaksas out in force for Sri Lanka election
BBC, April 07, 2010. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes his governing coalition will score a clear victory in Thursday's legislative elections. He also hopes two of his brothers, his cousin and his eldest son, Namal, will win or regain places in parliament. The BBC's Charles Haviland reports from the Rajapaksa heartland in Southern Province.

By a huge banyan tree in the town of Tangalle, Namal Rajapaksa is meeting the people outside the family home.

A crowd clusters around the 23-year-old candidate and presidential son. Each person More...
Published: Wed Apr 7 13:25:14 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Backgrounder: Mathematical complexity in Sri Lanka's parliamentary election
People's Daily , April 07, 2010. Thursday's Sri Lankan parliamentary election promises to be the last of its kind... Back to the top

Sri Lanka goes to the polls tomorrow
The Hindu, April 07, 2010. It's advantage United People's Freedom Alliance in the parliamentary election scheduled to be held on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka awaits first post-war parliament poll
Reuters, April 07, 2010. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Nearly 80,000 police and soldiers fanned out across Sri Lanka on Wednesday to guard ballot boxes on the eve of a parliamentary poll that should deepen the president's dominance and bring some political stability... Back to the top

Sri Lanka general trial adjourned
BBC, April 6, 2010. The first of two courts martial set up to try Sri Lanka's ex-army chief, Sarath Fonseka, has been adjourned ... Back to the top

Former Tamil chief minister returns to Sri Lanka
Sify News, April 07, 2010. New Delhi: The Tamil chief minister of Sri Lanka's northeastern province when Indian troops were deployed has returned to the country for the first time after nearly a decade - and a year after the military routed the Tamil Tigers who had repeatedly tried to kill him... Back to the top

Sri Lanka polls to decide depth of Rajapaksa's power
Washington Post, April 6, 2010. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's legislative polls Thursday will decide the depth of President Mahinda Rajapaksa's already vast powers and should remove the last big uncertainty for investors keen to tap the country's post-war potential... Back to the top

Sri Lanka monks vow anti-government protests
Sify News, April 07, 2010. Sri Lanka's influential Buddhist clergy vowed on Monday to launch a wave of anti-government protests after police arrested a dozen monks who demanded the release of the jailed former army chief... Back to the top

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