September 22, 2013
A PEOPLE WHO THINK THEMSELVES A NATION ARE ONE:
Sri Lankan Tamil party wins landslide victory in provincial polls (Deutsche-Welle, September 21, 2013)
Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2013 8:07 AMThe TNA, which was the former political arm of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels, dealt a crushing blow to the United People's Freedom Alliance of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, which received just seven seats. A Muslim party won one.The vote was the first provincial council election in the north in 25 years, and came partly as a result of international pressure on the national government to restore democracy after the war, which ended with the rebels' defeat in 2009.The election result would seem to indicate that Tamils, who make up about 14 percent of Sri Lanka's population of 20 million, still aspire to autonomous rule.