Sri Lanka to hold early elections: state radio

Sri Lankan Police forming a human chain in parliament to protect the Speaker and enable a vote.

October 13, 2009 (AFP) – Sri Lanka will hold presidential and parliamentary elections before April next year, state radio announced Tuesday, in the wake of the military’s defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May. The presidential poll, which was due by November 2011, will now be held before April 2010, the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation said. It did not give an exact date. The radio quoted a government minister saying that parliamentary elections, which were due shortly after the current legislature ends its six-year term on April 2, would also be brought forward and held along with the presidential poll.