“The resounding victory consolidates the Tamil National Alliance's status as an authentic representative of ethnic Tamils in negotiations with Rajapaksa's ethnic majority Sinhalese-controlled government in sharing political power and postwar rehabilitation. The party had appealed to voters to give it a mandate to demand self-rule in the Tamil-majority areas.”
- Associated Press, July 23, 2011. See the report here.
See the election results here.
"The military-intimidated elections that took place in the country of Eezham Tamils are a despicable way of exercising democracy or probing public opinion. It was a further torture inflicted on a genocide-affected population. Many were intimidated in contesting and voting. Yet the near-50 per cent that has determinedly voted and overwhelmingly supported the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has shown what the Tamil nation in the island has in its mind."
- TamilNet, July 24, 2011. See the full comment here.