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Sri Lanka Fires Military Governor in Tamil Controlled North

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Sri Lanka Fires Military Governor in Tamil Controlled North

Sri Lanka's newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena (AFP Photo)

Colombo:  Sri Lanka's new president has replaced an ex-military with a civilian governor in the Tamil-controlled north in a sign of improving ties with the ethnic minority following the end of the civil war.

The Tamil-controlled provincial administration of the Northern Province has long accused the outgoing governor, retired Major General GA Chandrasiri, of preventing them from functioning freely and running a parallel local government.

President Maithripala Sirisena, who defeated a hardline incumbent in January elections, announced the appointment of HMGS Palihakkara as a new governor on his website Wednesday.

Sri Lankan troops defeated Tamil separatist rebels in 2009 after a 25-year civil war, but the government has not fulfilled its promise for regional autonomy.



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