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Sri Lanka promises elections for former war zone

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s president promised Thursday to hold provincial council elections next year in the island nation’s former northern war zone.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s pledge comes amid international criticism that he has failed to devolve power to the northern region since the nation’s quarter-century civil war ended in 2009. The majority of the region’s population are minority ethnic Tamils.

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