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From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Sri Lanka will have a coalition government as no party secured a clear majority in just concluded parliamentary elections, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told AFP Saturday.rn
The premier said he and his main rival, President Chandrika Kumaratunga, had gone before the electorate seeking a mandate for a strong government, but voters sent a mixed signal.rn

rn “The presidents party does not get the 113 seats to form a government on her own,” the premier said.

“I will wait till the final result is out this evening to talk to the minority parties about forming a new government.”rn

rn There was no immediate reaction from Kumaratungas Freedom Alliance. Party officials said key figures were in meetings to map out potential coalition partners.rn

rn Fridays election was called by Kumaratunga to end her political standoff with Wickremesinghe over the handling of the peace process with Tamil Tiger guerrillas.rn

rn Kumaratunga accused the premier of conceding too much to the Liberation Tigers