Sept 06 (AP) BATTICALOA- The Tamil political party seeking to control a provincial assembly in Sri Lanka for the first time hopes a victory Saturday will be seen internationally as a mandate for more power-sharing in ethnic Tamil-majority provinces.
Tamil National Alliance lawmaker M.A. Sumanthiran said Thursday that a victory in the Eastern Provincial Council would be a key step though the party wants more power to be devolved.
Talks have been stalled since January, and the party and the Sri Lankan government blame each other for the stalemate.
Sumanthiran's party is a former proxy to the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels, who were defeated in 2009 after a quarter-century civil war. The rebels wanted an independent state for ethnic Tamils after years of marginalization by majority Sinhalese- controlled governments.