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Sri Lanka ruling party leading in parliament vote
afp, Apri 8. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's ruling party is running well ahead of the fractured opposition, early results showed Friday, in a vote marked by record low turnout and reports of violence and voter intimidation.

President Mahinda Rajapakse's United People's Freedom Alliance was leading in 21 out of 28 polling divisions declared so far following Thursday's parliamentary poll, according to the elections department. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 8 23:35:37 EDT 2010


Turnout Low at Sri Lanka Parliamentary Elections
NYT, April 8. NEW DELHI — Three months after winning re-election in a landslide, Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, sought to solidify his party’s hold on power by securing a two-thirds majority in parliamentary elections held Thursday.Candidates and election monitors said that voter turnout appeared to be unusually low, especially given the circumstances: the country was holding its first parliamentary elections since the Tamil Tiger insurgency was defeated in May 2009. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 8 23:37:04 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Australia Suspends Sri Lankan, Afghan Asylum Claims
Reuters, April 8. CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will immediately suspend the processing of new asylum claims from people from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka as part of a raft of moves announced on Friday to combat people smuggling to Australia.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's government, due to hold an election later in 2010, is under increasing pressure to stem the arrival of boatpeople, predominately Sri Lankan and Afghan, on the country's remote northwest. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 8 23:50:20 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Sri Lanka's First Post - War Parliamentary Poll Ends
New York Times, April 08, 2010. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankans voted on Thursday in an election likely to further entrench President Mahinda Rajapaksa's political dominance, the first parliamentary poll since last year's end of a quarter-century of war... Back to the top

Fears of Rajapaksa dynasty as Sri Lanka votes
Times Online, April 08, 2010. Almost a year after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka votes today in parliamentary elections that could expand President Rajapaksa’s already vast powers, extend his rule beyond 2017, and lay the ground for a dynastic succession... Back to the top

Turnout Low at Sri Lanka Parliamentary Elections
The New York Times, April 08, 2010. NEW DELHI — Three months after his landslide victory in Sri Lanka’s presidential election, Mahinda Rajapaksa sought to solidify his party’s hold on power by securing a two-thirds majority in parliamentary elections held Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Exports Declined in January on Weak Textiles Demand
Bloomberg, April 08, 2010. April 8 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s exports declined in January after gaining the previous month for the first time in a year, indicating overseas demand for the South Asian island’s textiles and garments remains weak... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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 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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