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Sri Lanka slams both London’s leading mayoral candidates

As voting gets underway to decide London’s next mayor in the UK on Thursday, Sri Lanka has come out to condemn both leading candidates in the election.

The Official Website of the Government of Sri Lanka has claimed that both candidates have “made strong rival pitches for the support of the pro-LTTE organizations".

Citing both current Mayor Boris Johnson and leading opposition candidate Ken Livingstone’s statements appealing to Tamil voters, the website stated,

"Tamil expatriates around the world are conducting an extensive propaganda campaign targeting the Sri Lankan government over human rights issues to remain in their countries of domicile."

With over 250,000 Tamils residing in London alone they could play a crucial role in deciding the outcome of the elections.

Speaking to TamilNet, a Tamil activist said,

“As a politically active community Eezham Tamils should cast their votes to the candidate who promises to deliver not just the best services for Londoners but who also will take a keen interest in affairs of their community and a positive stand on the genocide in the homeland.”

See the full report from TamilNet here.