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Unceasing Waves On Land and Across the Ocean<sup>*</sup>

G. H. Peiris

in Twilight of the Tigers

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699456
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080229 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699456.003.0008
Unceasing Waves On Land and Across the Ocean*

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The final phase of the eleven-year tenure of Chandrika Kumaratunga as president of Sri Lanka was a period during which the country was battered by a tsunami and incessant waves of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terror. The chapter begins with the parliamentary elections of 2 April 2004 in which the United People's Freedom Alliance won more seats than the United National Front (UNF) to regain a flimsy hold of the national legislature, and ends at the presidential election of 17 November 2005 in which the People's Alliance candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa edged past his rival Ranil Wickremasinghe, the leader of the UNF. Each of the five parts into which the chapter is divided serves as an analytical commentary on contemporary events of relevance to the state of the ongoing ceasefire.

Keywords: Sri Lanka during April 2004 and November 2005; ceasefire; Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; Chandrika Kumaratunga; tsunami; elections; United People's Freedom Alliance; terrorism

Chapter.  9383 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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