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APRIL 12, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 6


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2010 General Election Results
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Notice issued to DNA leaders
BBC, April 12, 2010. A court in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, has issued notice to the leaders of an opposition political party to immediately report to the police on charges of breaking the election law.

The leaders of Democratic National Alliance (DNA), led by former military commander Gen Sarath Fonseka, are accused by the police of staging a political rally at a time political campaigns were illegal.

Police in a report to the Colombo magistrate More...
Published: Mon Apr 12 20:08:14 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka vote will help unify the nation: US
AFP, April 12, 2010. WASHINGTON (AFP) Sri Lanka's first peacetime parliamentary polls won in a landslide by the country's ruling party can pave the way for President Mahinda Rajapakse to unify the nation, a US official said Monday. "I think one of the noteworthy things about the recent elections was that hardline Sinhalese nationalist parties took a severe beating in these elections," said US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake.

Rajapakse said he saw the overwhelming majority won by his United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) on Saturday as a vote for his economic policies and the crushing of the Tamil Tiger rebels in a military offensive last year.

Blake said he saw the outcome as a "telling More...
Published: Mon Apr 12 20:10:53 EDT 2010 Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Very low voter turn-out among IDPs
Reuters AlertNet, April 12, 2010. Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites. The views expressed are the author's alone. MULLAITIVU, 12 April 2010 (IRIN) - Voters in conflict-affected northern Sri Lanka failed to turn out in great numbers for parliamentary elections last week, with many citing dissatisfaction with their own plight since returning to their homes after months of displacement.

"Why should we vote?" asked Koneshwaran Bala, a recent Tamil returnee to the town Oddusudan in Mullaitivu District.

"As a community, we do not have leaders. There is no leader at the national level that talks about our sad state. I am not bothered at all to vote," the 57-year-old said.

"I do not have a house with a proper roof to sleep under. There were promises given by various parties for months. I do not believe in them. I have no More...
Published: Mon Apr 12 20:16:02 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Australia Faces Backlash Over Freeze on Accepting Refugees from Sri Lanka ..., April 12, 2010. Australia could face legal action over its decision to suspend processing asylum claims from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan... Back to the top

'Respect mandate' world urged
BBC, April 11, 2010. The US and India were first among to congratulate the Sri Lankan government on election victory while the government urged the international community to recognise and respect the peoples mandate for ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA)... Back to the top

A worldwide boycott of Sri Lanka
Guardian, April 11, 2010. David Miliband, the foreign secretary, said in his speech at the Global Tamil Forum conference in February: "It [political reconciliation] will require you to speak up for a vision of a decent Sri Lanka that respects all its people and it will require you to speak up for a spirit that recognises that if people can not find a way to live together they will drift apart... Back to the top

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