Sri Lanka president pledges reconciliation, development
April 10, 2010.
* President vows reconciliation, development
* Re-polling for two electorates on April 20
* U.S. congratulates Rajapaksa, urges reconciliation
By C. Bryson Hull
COLOMBO, April 10 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised progress toward reconciliation and development on Saturday, the day after his ruling alliance won a legislative majority that leaves him firmly in control of the nation.
The poll on Thursday brought Rajapaksa his third big victory in 11 months, starting with last May's defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers after a 25-year war and followed by his landslide re-election in January. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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The final count is pending re-polling in two electorates where violence prompted the election commissioner to annul the ballots, but Rajapaksa's
Published: Sat Apr 10 23:02:35 EDT 2010