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Yearbook 2001

Sri Lanka. According to Countryaah, the 18-year war between the army and the guerrilla Tamil Eelam's liberation tigers, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), continued without significant changes to the front lines. Norwegian mediation attempts yielded no results.

2001 Sri Lanka

Claims in May between Muslims and Sinhalese got the government rocking. A Muslim party threatened to leave the ruling People's Alliance, the People's Alliance (PA), unless violence against Muslims was stopped. When President Chandrika Kumaratunga dismissed the Muslim Minister of Commerce in June, who was alleged to have had contacts with the opposition, the Muslims put the threat into action and the government ended up in a minority. In order not to subject the government to a declaration of mistrust, the president temporarily closed the parliament. Sinhalese-Nationalist People's Liberation Front, Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), offered the government its support against the president withdrew a proposal for a referendum on a new constitution. It was a serious loss of prestige for Kumaratunga to be forced to seek help from the JVP, which has twice been involved in bloody conflicts with state power,

In July, LTTE attacked the country's international airport. At least 18 people were killed and eleven aircraft destroyed. The damage was valued at the equivalent of just over SEK 3.5 billion and was a severe blow to the Sri Lankan economy, which has already shown bleak figures on slowed growth.

After a series of resignations from the government, including several ministers, Kumaratunga was forced to dissolve parliament and announce new elections. The election turned violent. About 60 people were killed until Election Day in December. The election also received harsh criticism for cheating and threats against voters, but the result was so clear that reelection was not considered necessary. Opposition Party The United National Party, the United National Party (UNP), in cooperation with the Muslim Party gained its own majority and was also expected to be supported by moderate Tamil parties. New Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was faced with the difficult task of working with Chandrika Kumaratunga, who holds the presidential post.

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