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Chief architects of war victory over Tamil separatists battle it out at the ballot box.
President's ally switches sides as opposition alleges violent plot to steal vote.
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ruled that President Chandrika Kumaratunga's final term ends in December, clearing the way for elections between October 22 and November 22.

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has declared a state of emergency following the assassination of the country's foreign minister, her spokesman Eric Fernando

Sri Lanka's main Muslim party has withdrawn from a peace panel set up by President Kumaratunga and declared "all out war" against her for trying to splinter the community.
Sri Lanka's stalled peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels are due to resume early next month, ending an 18-month deadlock in the Norwegian-backed process.

At least five people were killed and 11 wounded when a woman blew herself up in a police station in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.

A high-level delegation from Norway

President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party is poised to win Sri Lanka's third general election in four years, but will be shy of a parliamentary majority, early returns showed on Saturday.
Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga has sacked 39 junior ministers, plunging the island-country deeper into political uncertainty.
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