The Tamil Factor
- The community constitutes 12 per cent of Sri Lanka’s population; its support could make a difference between winning and losing
- A bigger factor this time round as the race between the two principal presidential candidates, Rajapaksa and Fonseka, is expected to be close
- But the community is divided. One faction of the TNA has fielded its own candidate. Others are with Rajapaksa.
- A divided vote could tilt the balance in Rajapaksa’s favour
- Others feel support for either Rajapaksa or Fonseka is a betrayal of those who died for Eelam. They could boycott the polls.
Ironically, war has come to dominate Sri Lanka’s first peace-time presidential election in 26 years. The historic event—scheduled for January 26—has turned into a battle between two mascots of the war against the separatist Tamil Tigers. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is bidding for...