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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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November 6, 2003 | From Associated Press
The president assumed sweeping powers today under a 10-day emergency order that intensified Sri Lanka's political crisis and undermined the prime minister while he was visiting Washington. Aides insisted that President Chandrika Kumaratunga would not resume fighting the Tamil Tiger rebels in a two-decade conflict that is at the root of her feud with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
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December 7, 2001 | From Associated Press
Sri Lanka's main opposition party and its allies appeared headed for victory Thursday in parliamentary elections, though officials summoned all political parties for a meeting to decide whether polling should be redone in areas marred by violence. Vote tallying from Wednesday's elections was stopped in Kandy and Gampaha, the districts hit hardest by violence. More than 60 people have died since campaigning began Oct. 21, the worst election violence in Sri Lanka's 53 years of independence.
NEWS
December 7, 2001 | From Associated Press
Sri Lanka's main opposition party and its allies appeared headed for victory Thursday in parliamentary elections, though officials summoned all political parties for a meeting to decide whether polling should be redone in areas marred by violence. Vote tallying from Wednesday's elections was stopped in Kandy and Gampaha, the districts hit hardest by violence. More than 60 people have died since campaigning began Oct. 21, the worst election violence in Sri Lanka's 53 years of independence.
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August 1, 2000 | From Reuters
The Cabinet on Monday approved a set of constitutional reforms aimed at ending the country's long-running ethnic war, government officials said. They said a special session of Parliament is to be summoned Thursday to consider the constitutional bill. "We were given the legal draft, and there was a general consensus," a senior minister said after the Cabinet meeting, scotching reports that some ministers had opposed the reforms.
NEWS
October 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
One day after Sri Lanka abandoned a peace initiative with separatist Tamil rebels, a suicide bomber set off an explosion near an election rally, killing himself and 12 others. Police said 45 people were wounded in the attack in Medawachchiya, 120 miles northeast of Colombo, the capital. Tissa Karaliyadda, a deputy minister, narrowly escaped the blast.
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.
NEWS
February 9, 1991
Radical students in SOUTH KOREA attacked a small police station in Seoul with about 50 firebombs to protest the country's support of the allied coalition. One police officer was reported injured. In Kwangju, 600 students threw rocks and firebombs at police in another anti-war protest. Iraq closed its consulate in Karachi, PAKISTAN, and said all 25 Iraqi diplomats and staff will return home. Baghdad has said it will break ties with governments in the allied coalition.
NEWS
August 18, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A socialist alliance that wants to try negotiating an end to Sri Lanka's 11-year-old civil war emerged as the top vote-getter in the troubled island nation's parliamentary election, official results showed Wednesday. But even as happy backers of the People's Alliance celebrated their victory by exploding firecrackers, the ruling United National Party was furiously trying to cobble together a coalition to safeguard its 17-year unbroken grip on power.
NEWS
August 19, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dynamic if largely untested opposition leader--whose parents both served as prime minister of Sri Lanka--was asked Thursday by the island nation's president to assume the job herself. The appointment of Chandrika Kumaratunga ended tremendous suspense and tension sparked by Tuesday's hard-fought parliamentary election, in which no single party won a clear majority.
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.
NEWS
October 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
One day after Sri Lanka abandoned a peace initiative with separatist Tamil rebels, a suicide bomber set off an explosion near an election rally, killing himself and 12 others. Police said 45 people were wounded in the attack in Medawachchiya, 120 miles northeast of Colombo, the capital. Tissa Karaliyadda, a deputy minister, narrowly escaped the blast.
NEWS
August 1, 2000 | From Reuters
The Cabinet on Monday approved a set of constitutional reforms aimed at ending the country's long-running ethnic war, government officials said. They said a special session of Parliament is to be summoned Thursday to consider the constitutional bill. "We were given the legal draft, and there was a general consensus," a senior minister said after the Cabinet meeting, scotching reports that some ministers had opposed the reforms.
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
August 19, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dynamic if largely untested opposition leader--whose parents both served as prime minister of Sri Lanka--was asked Thursday by the island nation's president to assume the job herself. The appointment of Chandrika Kumaratunga ended tremendous suspense and tension sparked by Tuesday's hard-fought parliamentary election, in which no single party won a clear majority.
NEWS
August 18, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A socialist alliance that wants to try negotiating an end to Sri Lanka's 11-year-old civil war emerged as the top vote-getter in the troubled island nation's parliamentary election, official results showed Wednesday. But even as happy backers of the People's Alliance celebrated their victory by exploding firecrackers, the ruling United National Party was furiously trying to cobble together a coalition to safeguard its 17-year unbroken grip on power.
WORLD
November 6, 2003 | From Associated Press
The president assumed sweeping powers today under a 10-day emergency order that intensified Sri Lanka's political crisis and undermined the prime minister while he was visiting Washington. Aides insisted that President Chandrika Kumaratunga would not resume fighting the Tamil Tiger rebels in a two-decade conflict that is at the root of her feud with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
NEWS
November 25, 1990 | From the Christian Science Monitor
Tucked away among palm trees and fertile rice fields, the village of Saddam Hussein stands as a grim reminder of the bloody violence sweeping the Tamil and Muslim communities of eastern Sri Lanka. Six hundred families once lived in Saddam Hussein village, built in 1982 with funds from the Iraqi government and named after its president. Today, its dusty streets and houses are deserted.
NEWS
February 9, 1991
Radical students in SOUTH KOREA attacked a small police station in Seoul with about 50 firebombs to protest the country's support of the allied coalition. One police officer was reported injured. In Kwangju, 600 students threw rocks and firebombs at police in another anti-war protest. Iraq closed its consulate in Karachi, PAKISTAN, and said all 25 Iraqi diplomats and staff will return home. Baghdad has said it will break ties with governments in the allied coalition.
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