[ Reuters ] - [ Apr 02, 2010 3:08:36 GMT ]
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday promised voters in the minority Tamil city of Jaffna a role in solving their own problems in his second visit since the end of a three-decade civil war in May. Voters in Jaffna and other Tamil areas roundly rejected Rajapaksa, who led Sri Lanka's victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and their 25-year-separatist war, at a presidential poll in January at which he secured a second six-year term. The president's United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is campaigning for parliamentary polls on April 8, at which Rajapaksa hopes to secure a two-thirds majority to give him the votes to change the constitution to his liking. [ full story
- Sri Lanka president visits Tamil heartland
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