Sri Lanka Head To The Polls

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  1. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It seems quite surreal that the Army General who led Sri Lanka to it's victory over the Liberation Tigers (with the attendant war crimes committed on both sides) could win , in essence, on a platform of improving the rule of law in Sri Lanka and providing protection to ethnic minorities including Tamils (see quote below).

    I'm not sure I believe it, but Fonseka sounds like a better candidate for Sri Lankan stability than Rajapaksa. My thoughts go out for a peaceful election and no violence or scare tactics.
     
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    Lets hope that whoever wins does something for the Tamils.
     
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    Yeah... it's a tough situation. The LTTE engaged in all kinds of terrorist actions, at home and abroad, and I don't justify them, but at the same time, the government clearly felt unbound by any kind of moral or ethical dilemma associated with systematically mistreating a sizable minority group. It would be nice to see the end of the war followed by some real civil stability on that island.
     
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    Bingo. My thoughts exactly.
     
  5. mkrishnan thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Early news reports like this one are indicating peace at polling sites, with potentially large turnouts.

     
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    a different report suggests that Tamils aren't voting in large numbers;

    and that Fonseka wasn't allowed to vote;

    how bizarre
     
  7. mkrishnan thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    It will be interesting to see what happens -- if Fonseka loses and it looks hinky, he has the potential to be another Mousavi (or Abdullah Abdullah). He's already made allegations that Rajapaksa is trying to interfere with the election process, and some of them seem credible.

    Not to mention the issue of whether the some 80,000 Tamils still in concentration camps are being allowed to vote.
     
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    Top S.Lankan challenger 'ineligible' ???

    now there are reports that Rajapaksa's supporters may mount a legal challenge saying Fonseka isn't eligible

    from Bangkok;

    sounds like this could get messy
     
  9. mkrishnan thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Well, Rajapaksa is being announced as the winner with around 60% of the vote. Fonseka's supporters claim he is essentially being held in house arrest, and that the election was rigged. (Interestingly, there was some controversy over Fonseka during the day of the election, where he was himself not allowed to vote because he somehow was not on the electorate list, and even a claim from Rajapaksa supporters that this made him ineligible to run in the first place).

    They're also confirming the statements in Macky-Mac's link indicating very low turnout in Tamil regions, which is disappointing.

    We'll see what comes next.

     
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    "Sri Lanka police 'raid Fonseka campaign HQ' "

    it looks like things have taken a turn for the worse for Gen. Fonseka....from a BBC report;

     
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    Sri Lanka election loser Sarath Fonseka arrested

    and now the losing candidate has been arrested

     
  13. mkrishnan thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    The government is currently making some promises of due process, with apparent intent to try him for sedition.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/international/article106237.ece

     

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