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‘No choice but to boycott election’ says TNA MP

A parliamentarian from the Tamil National Alliance said Tamils will have “have no choice but to boycott the election given the step motherly treatment that the [Sri Lankan] government gives them”.

Kilinochchi MP S Sritharan made the comments to NewsInAsia, as Sri Lanka gears up for a presidential election for November.

When asked about the United National Party’s (UNP) candidate Sajith Premadasa pledge of devolving powers, senior Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) member C V K Sivagnanam questioned the sincerity of his election promises.

“He may be having an idea as to how much can be devolved,” said Sivagnanam. “Why can’t he spell it out and give it to us in writing? How can we commit our people to him in the absence of any concrete assurances?” 

Read more from NewsInAsia here.