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Sri Lankan people endorse UPFA policies – Prime Minister Jayaratne

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister has said that the people in Sri Lanka have once again endorsed the policies of President Rajapakse’s Government.

In a statement, released after the landslide victory for Rajapakse’s Party in the south of the island, Mr Jayaratne says that the people, who voted for the United People’s Front Alliance, want to see continued development of the country.

However, he failed to note the lack of support in the Tamil dominated North-East of the island, which the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won by a huge margin in the previous phase of the local government elections earlier this year.

Meanwhile, TNA politicians have complained of voter intimidation in the only region in which the largest Tamil party fielded a candidate.

Sub-Inspector of Sri Lankan Police Sadiq of Kalmunai police station is reported to have stopped Tamil voters travelling to and from the poll booth in Kalmunai, Amparai, TamilNet reports.

He is also alleged to have entered a Saiva temple while still wearing his shoes, an act which is seen as a desecration of a place of worship.

TNA parliamentarian Mr. P. Selvarasa filed complaints with Kalmunai police about the violence and intimidation of Tamil voters exercising their right to vote.

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