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* China congratulates Sri Lanka on election victory
Thu, Apr 15, 2010, 08:09 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 15, Colombo: China today congratulated the Sri Lankan government for its victory at the first post-war parliamentary elections held last Thursday (08).

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu congratulated Sri Lanka at a regular news briefing today, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

"The Chinese government will continue to develop friendly cooperation with the South Asian country on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence," Jiang has said.

"The Chinese side also supports the efforts of Sri Lanka government and people to safeguard national stability and development," Jiang was quoted.

Sri Lanka's ruling party, the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance, swept the elections winning 117 seats. Results from two mores districts are to be announced after the re-poll on April 20. The ruling coalition is expected to win a majority of the re-polled electorates.

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