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November 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who are embroiled in a power struggle, will have their first face-to-face talks today since the country was plunged into a political crisis last week, Wickremesinghe's office said. Kumaratunga, who believes that the prime minister takes too soft a line in peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, wrested control of the ministries of defense, interior and information from Wickremesinghe on Nov. 4.
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November 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who are embroiled in a power struggle, will have their first face-to-face talks today since the country was plunged into a political crisis last week, Wickremesinghe's office said. Kumaratunga, who believes that the prime minister takes too soft a line in peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, wrested control of the ministries of defense, interior and information from Wickremesinghe on Nov. 4.
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April 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga appointed veteran politician Mahinda Rajapakse as prime minister to replace Ranil Wickremesinghe. The latter's plan to make peace with Tamil Tiger rebels was a major factor in a feud with Kumaratunga, who thought the plan gave the rebels too much. The rebels threatened to resume fighting unless their demands for autonomy were met.
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December 22, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Sri Lanka's new government said it will cooperate with Tamil Tiger rebels in a cease-fire starting Christmas Eve. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who have fought for 18 years for a separate homeland in the country's north and east, had declared a monthlong cease-fire. "As a goodwill measure to facilitate peace, we will observe a cessation of hostilities," said a letter released by the office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
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March 30, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Sri Lanka's independent election commissioner took over state-run television and radio after allegations that the media were favoring the president's political party before Friday's parliamentary vote. The move by Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake came amid a power struggle between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her rival, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The parliamentary elections could help resolve that struggle.
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April 22, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Separatist rebels withdrew from peace talks in Sri Lanka, saying the government had failed to fully carry out a cease-fire agreement. The word came in a letter from rebel negotiator Anton Balasingham to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The letter charged that the government failed to meet their demands and remove troops from the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka.
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November 5, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga suspended Parliament, sacked the defense, interior and information ministers and deployed troops around the capital, Colombo. Kumaratunga made the surprise moves while her political rival, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, was in Washington to meet with President Bush. Wickremesinghe, whose party defeated Kumaratunga's in 2001 parliamentary elections, accused her of endangering efforts to end civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels.
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December 8, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Sri Lanka's opposition ousted the governing alliance on a promise of peace talks with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and a freer economy, officials said. The victory came after the worst election violence in the nation's 53 years of independence. The three-party United National Front won 129 of Parliament's 225 seats, against 96 for the governing People's Alliance and its supporting parties, Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake said.
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November 18, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse's office claimed that he won Sri Lanka's presidential election, based on partial returns. There was no immediate announcement from the election commission. "He has passed the 50% mark and has a 150,000 lead," said Basil Rajapakse, the prime minister's brother and head of his campaign. "We are confident he will be the president," he said. According to unofficial partial returns, Rajapakse had received 3.65 million votes against 3.
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January 16, 2002
The Sri Lankan government lifted 7-year-old economic sanctions on areas held by Tamil Tiger rebels, allowing 30 truckloads of essential goods into northern jungles. The trucks left Vavuniya, the last government-held town in the north, loaded with sacks of rice, sugar and fertilizer, bags of cement and barrels of gasoline, kerosene and diesel fuel. The convoy moved slowly for fear of mines used by the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam during the 18-year civil war.
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September 10, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Tens of thousands of people converged on the streets of Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, in support of the government's efforts to end the nation's 19-year-old conflict. "It's only if we stand together that we can put a permanent end to the bloodshed," Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been fighting for an independent homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.2 million minority Tamils, arguing that they suffer discrimination at the hands of the Sinhalese majority.
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