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Tamil Parties Make Strong Showing in Sri Lanka

NEW DELHI — Voters in northern and eastern Sri Lanka gave an alliance of parties closely linked to the defeated Tamil Tiger insurgency majorities in 18 of 26 local council elections, according to results released Sunday. Related Sri Lanka Voting Marked by Skepticism on Change (July 24, 2011) Times Topic: Sri Lanka The elections allowed residents in many areas the first chance in years to vote  after bearing the brunt of two decades of ethnic conflict, and the results underscored just how deeply divided the country remains two years after the fighting ended. The Tamil National Alliance, a collection of political parties that long served as the political wing of the Tamil Tigers,…