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Sri Lanka in turmoil as president sacks parliament, calls April 2 vote

Sri Lanka’s fragile peace bid and reconstruction from war were plunged into uncertainty after the president sacked parliament and called elections nearly four years ahead of schedule. President Chandrika Kumaratunga dissolved the legislature and set April 2 polls Saturday after months of wrangling with the prime minister over how to end ethnic strife that has claimed over 60,000 lives since 1972. Her calling of the third parliamentary election since 2000 came despite international pressure on her to compromise with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The two are from different parties and were elected separately in bloody campaigns that have become a trademark of Sri Lankan elections. Full Story

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