China congratulates Sri Lanka on parliamentary election

20:07, April 15, 2010      

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China on Thursday congratulated Sri Lanka on the smooth running of last week's parliamentary elections, the first since the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels last May.

The Chinese government will continue to develop friendly cooperation with the South Asian country on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular news briefing.

Sri Lanka's ruling party, the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance, recorded a convincing election win after the 26-year civil war, bagging 117 seats, four more than the 113 required for a majority in the 225-member parliament with two more district results yet to be announced.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said last week that the ruling coalition's victory showed that people had endorsed his program to turn Sri Lanka into a developed nation.

"The Chinese side also supports the efforts of Sri Lanka government and people to safeguard national stability and development," Jiang said.

Source: Xinhua


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