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Sri Lanka president's party has won 105 seats in the 225-member parliament to emerge the largest single group, giving it the first shot at forming a government.

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.

Voter turnout was high in Sri Lanka's election but there is no indication that a political logjam, which has frozen efforts to revive peace efforts with separatist Tamil Tigers, has been broken.

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has called for talks to end a political stalemate on the war-battered island, but gave no hint she planned snap polls.
The latest round of talks between aides of Sri Lanka's feuding president and prime minister has failed, casting a shadow over peace negotiations with the Tamil Tiger rebels.
The Sri Lankan president offered her rival prime minister a role in running the country's defence ministry as part of a compromise deal, but the latter has turned it down.
Sri Lanka's rebel Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has threatened to revive the struggle  for secession if the stalled peace process did not revive.
Sri Lanka's government has offered an olive branch to the president to end their power struggle, saying it is willing to give the latter a broader role in the peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels.
Sri Lanka's parliament has ruled as illegal the president's suspension of the assembly two weeks ago.
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