Sri Lankan opposition launches election bid in north

10:16, December 13, 2009      

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Sri Lanka's main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the northern capital of Jaffna on Saturday to launch the presidential election campaign, officials from Wickremesinghe's office said.

Wickremesinghe's visit was aimed at launching the election campaign of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, who is the common candidate of the opposition parties for the presidential election scheduled to be held on Jan. 26, 2010.

This was the first visit to Jaffna by a senior political leader since the war between the government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in May.

Fonseka and President Mahinda Rajapakse are equally credited for the military victory against the LTTE.

Rajapakse called the election two years ahead of schedule aimed at capitalizing on his popularity among the majority Sinhalese after the military victory.

Source: Xinhua
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