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Tamil Party Election Victory Raises Hope for Sri Lanka's North

By    |   Monday, 23 Sep 2013 06:53 AM

A major victory won Sunday by Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party in landmark elections in the north is raising hopes for a degree of self-rule for the ethnic minority after decades of war, according to The Japan Times.
 
The opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won 30 out of 38 seats in polls for a provincial council in the former war zone.

International pressure called for the elections by the government for the majority Sinhalese to share power with Tamils, four years after the end of the bloody separatist conflict.

The results were an overwhelming vote for the self-rule of Tamils, said TNA leader C.V. Wigneswaran. He continued to reiterate his demands that the military withdraw from the Tami-dominated north, saying that there has been no need for a military presence since the end of the war in 2009.

“That [army presence] is the primary problem the Tamils of the Northern province are having today,” Wigneswaran told reporters in the region’s capital, Jaffna, following the election results.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s United People’s Freedom Alliance, representing the national government, won only seven seats. A Muslim party won one seat on the council.

The election outcomes have been promoted by the U.N.Human Rights Council as a positive step toward ethnic reconciliation.

The Sinhalese-dominated national government has been under pressure to share power with Tamils who are a minority nationally, but a majority in the battle-scarred north.

Wigneswaran has said that he is open to talks with the president on power-sharing arrangements in the north and is seeking devolution of a united Sri Lanka, as set out in a statute in 1987.

“There is a fear of separation, but all we are asking for is a federal state which exists within the boundaries of Sri Lanka,” Wigneswaran told reporters. “We are for an undivided Sri Lanka and self-rule under a federal system.”

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