South Asia Monitor: Sri Lanka: After Election, No Clear Road Ahead - November 01, 2000
November 1, 2000
The ruling People's Alliance (PA) emerged from Sri Lanka's October 10 parliamentary election as the largest party, but it still depends on smaller parties with their own agendas to form a government. President Chandrika Kumaratunga sees this result as a vindication of her proposals for constitutional change and her more recent emphasis on military defeat of the Tamil insurgents. Mainstream Sri Lankan politics are still deeply divided, and extremists are out-shouting the peace constituency. The military struggle is far from a decisive result. It will take both desperation and a bold new look at the country's political relationships to unfreeze the peace process.