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December 19, 1999 | DEXTER FILKINS and WARUNA KARUNATILAKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This island nation's president narrowly escaped a suicide bomb attack here Saturday that wounded her and killed at least 14 people three days before a presidential election. President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who had been speaking at her final campaign rally in the run-up to Tuesday's vote, was rushed to a hospital after suffering shrapnel wounds. Officials reported that she was out of danger, although one piece of shrapnel lodged behind her right eye.
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October 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
President Chandrika Kumaratunga claimed Thursday to have won enough support in parliamentary elections to form a government but not enough to push through a constitution aimed at ending a 17-year civil war. Kumaratunga had campaigned on a pledge to end the war with Tamil Tiger rebels by offering the minority Tamils greater autonomy in a new constitution. The rebels' fight for an independent homeland for Tamils has killed more than 62,000 people since 1983.
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December 22, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who survived a weekend assassination attempt, looked likely to scrape by with a win in Sri Lanka's presidential election today after a record number of people voted despite violence. As counting reached the halfway mark, official results from 90 of the 182 polling divisions showed that Kumaratunga of the ruling People's Alliance had taken 50.64% of the vote. Her main rival, Ranil Wickremesinghe of the United National Party, had 43.14%, state TV said.
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October 11, 2000 | From Reuters
Early results today showed war-torn Sri Lanka's ruling People's Alliance widening its lead in acrimonious general elections that were reportedly marred by killings, bombing and fraud. The election is seen as a key test of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's plan to end the country's 17-year ethnic war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in which more than 61,000 people have died.
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August 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
President Chandrika Kumaratunga imposed emergency rule throughout Sri Lanka, clearing the way for a delay in elections scheduled for Aug. 28. Military leaders have expressed concern that soldiers battling separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas in the north of the island nation would have to be redeployed to secure voting booths.
NEWS
October 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
President Chandrika Kumaratunga claimed Thursday to have won enough support in parliamentary elections to form a government but not enough to push through a constitution aimed at ending a 17-year civil war. Kumaratunga had campaigned on a pledge to end the war with Tamil Tiger rebels by offering the minority Tamils greater autonomy in a new constitution. The rebels' fight for an independent homeland for Tamils has killed more than 62,000 people since 1983.
NEWS
October 11, 2000 | From Reuters
Early results today showed war-torn Sri Lanka's ruling People's Alliance widening its lead in acrimonious general elections that were reportedly marred by killings, bombing and fraud. The election is seen as a key test of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's plan to end the country's 17-year ethnic war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in which more than 61,000 people have died.
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August 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Sri Lanka's government dissolved Parliament early and called quick elections in a bid to strengthen its political hand and end a war with Tamil separatists that has killed at least 62,000 people. Parliament's term would have ended in six days. Elections will be held Oct. 10, and the new Parliament will convene Oct. 18. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's move came after the government failed to win parliamentary approval of a new constitution granting autonomy to Tamil regions.
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August 17, 1994 | From Associated Press
Sri Lankans voted for a new Parliament on Tuesday, and the government imposed a state of emergency after the polls closed in an attempt at preventing more of the violence that scarred the campaign. Tamil rebels who opposed the election blew up a navy ship in northern Sri Lanka during the vote, and 25 minor clashes between rival party supporters were reported throughout the day.
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March 2, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Boycotted by die-hard Tamil separatists as an army-scripted charade, municipal elections were held by Sri Lanka's government in the embattled east Tuesday for the first time in a decade. The government aim was to prove that peace has been restored. More than 750,000 voters were eligible to elect 40 local councils in the districts of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Amparai on the island nation's eastern coast, along with the northern town of Vavuniya that was won back from the rebels three years ago.
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August 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Sri Lanka's government dissolved Parliament early and called quick elections in a bid to strengthen its political hand and end a war with Tamil separatists that has killed at least 62,000 people. Parliament's term would have ended in six days. Elections will be held Oct. 10, and the new Parliament will convene Oct. 18. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's move came after the government failed to win parliamentary approval of a new constitution granting autonomy to Tamil regions.
NEWS
December 22, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who survived a weekend assassination attempt, looked likely to scrape by with a win in Sri Lanka's presidential election today after a record number of people voted despite violence. As counting reached the halfway mark, official results from 90 of the 182 polling divisions showed that Kumaratunga of the ruling People's Alliance had taken 50.64% of the vote. Her main rival, Ranil Wickremesinghe of the United National Party, had 43.14%, state TV said.
NEWS
December 19, 1999 | DEXTER FILKINS and WARUNA KARUNATILAKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This island nation's president narrowly escaped a suicide bomb attack here Saturday that wounded her and killed at least 14 people three days before a presidential election. President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who had been speaking at her final campaign rally in the run-up to Tuesday's vote, was rushed to a hospital after suffering shrapnel wounds. Officials reported that she was out of danger, although one piece of shrapnel lodged behind her right eye.
NEWS
August 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
President Chandrika Kumaratunga imposed emergency rule throughout Sri Lanka, clearing the way for a delay in elections scheduled for Aug. 28. Military leaders have expressed concern that soldiers battling separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas in the north of the island nation would have to be redeployed to secure voting booths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1994
The savagery of Bosnia and the carnage in countries like Rwanda and Somalia make it easy to forget the troubles of the island nation of Sri Lanka. Yet in that country, off the southern tip of India, a decade of ethnic clashes has killed more than 35,000 people. This week's election of Prime Minister Chandrika Kumaratunga as president offers hope that the slaughter will end.
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November 11, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Buoyed by a landslide margin of nearly 2 million votes, President-elect Chandrika Kumaratunga on Thursday claimed a "clear and massive mandate" to press on with her quest for a peaceful end to Sri Lanka's 11-year civil war.
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November 9, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like Americans, voters on this verdant Indian Ocean isle have just been though a wearying, divisive and often negative campaign. But they've also seen one top candidate perish in a bomb blast and the other blamed for it. Today, Sri Lankans will choose an executive president--likely the first woman to assume the powerful office.
NEWS
December 19, 1988
Voters in Sri Lanka cast ballots for a new president amid fears of violence by rebels who vowed to block the vote. At least nine people were killed in election-eve attacks, including six people who were gunned down in a raid on an opposition politician's home. Police blamed the Marxist People's Liberation Front for that attack and for a bomb explosion aboard a bus that killed at least three people and wounded 50.
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November 9, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like Americans, voters on this verdant Indian Ocean isle have just been though a wearying, divisive and often negative campaign. But they've also seen one top candidate perish in a bomb blast and the other blamed for it. Today, Sri Lankans will choose an executive president--likely the first woman to assume the powerful office.
NEWS
October 24, 1994 | From Associated Press
A suicide assassin detonated a bomb at an election rally outside Colombo late Sunday, killing about 50 people, including the opposition candidate for president and top leaders of his party. The assassination of Gamini Dissanayake came just 2 1/2 weeks before the election and just one day before peace talks were to resume with Tamil guerrillas to end the country's 11-year-old civil war.
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