SRI LANKA ELECTION

  • SL polls: Lankan Tamils from Northern Province vote after 25 years September 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Voting began on Saturday to elect provincial governments in the Northern, Central and North Western Provinces of Sri Lanka. The Northern Province is voting to elect a provincial government for the first time in 25 years. The government has made heavy security arrangements in the Northern Province. Election for...
  • Fonseka 'hellbent' on betrayal: Sri Lanka February 9, 2010

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday said defeated presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka was "hellbent" on betrayal and would be courtmartialled on charges of conspiring against the president. Fonseka lost by an 18 percentage point margin to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a January 26 election, after which he accused his former...
  • ExSri Lanka Army chief Fonseka arrested February 8, 2010

    Colombo: Sri Lanka arrested former army commander and losing presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka at his office on Monday night, for what the army said were military offences. Fonseka lost by an 18 percent margin to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a Jan. 26 election, and since then has accused his former...
  • Fonseka plotted to murder Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka January 28, 2010

    Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has alleged that Gen. Sarath Fonseka, the defeated Presidential candidate, was plotting to assassinate President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka defence ministry officials alleged at a press conference that Fonseka was planning to kill the entire Rajapaksa family and they had evidence to prove that the retired...
  • Lanka election loser Fonseka fears for life January 27, 2010

    Colombo, (Sri Lanka): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa won a resounding reelection victory on Wednesday, beating back a challenge from his former army chief Sarath Fonseka, who rejected the official results and said he feared arrest as troops surrounded his hotel. The capital was tense even as people hit the...
  • Lankan army surrounds General Fonseka's hotel January 27, 2010

    Colombo: Early returns Wednesday showed Sri Lanka's incumbent President ahead of his former army chief in their bitter race to win the country's first postwar election, while government troops surrounded the exgeneral's hotel. In a sign of the skyhigh tensions between the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his former top...
  • Rajapaksa takes massive lead in Sri Lanka poll January 27, 2010

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has established a huge lead over his main rival former army chief General Sarath Fonseka in the presidential election. Rajapakse has won nearly 60 per cent of the ballots counted so far against about 40 per cent for General Fonseka, the man who led the...
  • Home a big issue for Lankan Tamil, not polls January 26, 2010

    Killinochi: Sri Lanka votes on Tuesday in the first elections held after LTTE chief V Prabhakaran's death and Tamil votes could be the deciding factor. In a camp for the internally displaced people (IDP) in Northern Sri Lanka, people who have lost everything they had in the battle between the LTTE...
  • Rajapaksa's ruling coalition sweeps polls in south October 11, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling coalition has recorded a strong victory at the polls in his native south, helped by his popularity after defeating Tamil Tiger rebels in a 25year war. The president's coalition won 38 seats in the 55member council of Southern Province in Saturday's poll, election officials...