Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sri Lanka Holds First Elections in North After Rebels Defeated


Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka is holding its first elections in the north since government forces defeated the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, ending their fight for a separate Tamil homeland in the region.

Campaigning ended at midnight local time yesterday for the election on Aug. 8 for members of municipal councils in Jaffna, Uva and Vavuniya. The vote is a “new experience in democracy” for people suppressed by the LTTE for almost 30 years, the government said.
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