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Sri Lanka sets election date for former war zone

Sri Lanka’s election chief said on Thursday that the first postwar provincial elections in the  country’s war-torn northern province will be held Sept. 21, more than four years after the end of the island nation’s quarter century civil war.

The announcement by the commissioner of elections, Mahinda Deshapriya, follows intense international pressure on the government to share power with national ethnic minority Tamils, who make up the majority in the province. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had announced last year that council elections would be held in Northern Province, but the date was not set until Thursday.
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