Recent News from Sri Lanka

  • 01/27/2010: Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s current president, has won reelection in a race against his former chief military officer, Gen. Sarath Fonseka. Military police surrounded Fonseka’s hotel after the result was announced. Fonseka said he will contest the result, CNN. The Sri Lankan election in pictures, BBC News.
  • 01/26/2010: Following weeks of sporadic violence, Sri Lankans went to the polls today to vote for president. Results are expected tomorrow. Current president Mahinda Rajapakse (BBC News profile) is running for reelection against Sarath Fonseka (BBC News profile), the former military leader who was successful in crushing a multi-decade running Tamil rebellion, Al Jazeera.
  • 12/01/2009: Sri Lanka has opened up its government-run refugee camps that have held hundreds of thousands of Tamil refugees. Sri Lanka had been fighting ethnic Tamil militant groups for decades before finally eliminating the groups in a military campaign this spring, BBC News.
  • 11/21/2009: Sri Lanka’s government says that tens of thousands of people who have been held in camps since the end of the conflict with Tamil rebels will be released. Sri Lanka had been fighting the rebels since the mid-1970s and made a final push to stop the hostilities earlier this year. Information from Sri Lanka is very limited so it is unknown how many were killed in the most recent fighting, BBC News. Q & A on the conflict, BBC News.

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