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* Tamil party to boycott Sri Lanka presidential elections
Tue, Dec 29, 2009, 10:36 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 29, Colombo: The All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC), a constituent party of the Tamil national Alliance (TNA) has decided to boycott the upcoming presidential elections.

The General Secretary of ACTC, TNA MP Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam moved a motion to boycott the elections at a special meeting of the party's General Council held yesterday at its office in Jaffna. The resolution was passed with an overwhelming majority, according to the state-owned radio.

The resolution calls upon the Tamils in the North and East to join the ACTC in its stance on presidential elections.

The ACTC hopes the TNA would follow their move and boycott the elections.

According to media reports, the TNA is split on the decision of which candidate to support at the upcoming polls. The TNA which was not planning to field a candidate for the election has apparently been split three ways now. With the ACTC's move an additional rift may be taking place, a source said.

The leader of the TNA and Trincomalee district Parliamentarian R. Samapanthan reportedly had discussions with Mano Ganeshan, the leader of the one-man party Western People's Front to support retired General Sarath Fonseka while the TNA leaders R. Sampanthan and Susil Premachanthran had discussions with Ranil Wickremasinghe and Sarath Fonseka.

However, MPs from the Jaffna district including Selvarajah Kajendran, Mrs. Pathmini Sithamparanathan and Solomon Cyril and the Deputy Parliamentary Leader of the TNA S. Mavai Senathiraja are against both Sarath Fonseka and the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa, sources said.

The TNA parliamentary group is to meet on January 4th. A decision on whom to support can be expected at the meeting.

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