Ruling allies win Sri Lanka vote

Provincial election results expected to boost government offensive against LTTE.

    President Rajapakse is seeking to undermine the popular support for the Tamil Tigers [AFP]

    "The government victory at the eastern polls has shattered the wild dreams of the West-backed Eelamists [Tamil Tigers]," Patali Champika Ranawaka, the environment minister, said.
     

    He said the results have proved "not only Sinhalese but even Tamils have placed their faith in the government".

     

    The elections on Saturday are part of plans by Mahinda Rajapakse, the Sri Lankan president, to boost the war effort against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who still control a swathe of jungle in the  north.

     

    The president wants to partially devolve power from his ethnic  Sinhalese-dominated government to the TMVP, a party of Tamil Tiger  defectors based in the east, to undermine rebel demands for a separate ethnic state.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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