[ Sunday Times ] - [ Apr 14, 2012 22:12:08 GMT ]
Most Sri Lankans enjoying the Avurudu festivities may be unaware that the country's security establishment has been preoccupied for weeks now about the changing political firmament. The cause -- as exclusively revealed in the Sunday Times of September 18 last year and for weeks thereafter -- was the split in the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). Whilst the moderates led by Somawansa Amerasinghe were heading a formidable group, another breakaway faction, equally formidable, was perceived to be taking a militant line. After failing to seize control of the JVP, the latter decided time was now ripe to go its own way by forming a new party and launching a membership drive. [ full story
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