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Elections held in Tamil-dominated northern Sri Lanka

Elections held in Tamil-dominated northern Sri Lanka
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Voters have been heading to the polls in northern Sri Lanka, in provincial elections that are stirring up old tensions between the government and ethnic minority Tamils.

The government has accused the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of renewing calls for a separate state, but TNA Leader Rajadurai Sambanthan said: “We will ask for what we want as a political solution to the problems of the Tamils. We have not asked for the separation of the country”.

The vote comes four years after rebels from the Tamil Tiger separatist movement were defeated, ending Sri Lanka’s long civil war.