President Mahinda Rajapaksa has undertaken few reconciliation measures since defeating Tamil separatists. Current Sri Lanka floods provide a chance for him improve relations.
Voters in Thursday's Sri Lanka elections favored President Mahinda Rajapakse's ruling party, which prioritizes economic growth over reconciliation with the rebel Tamils after decades of civil war.
Speaking at a defense ministry facility, they said they were coerced by the rebel Tamil Tigers to exaggerate the impact of Sri Lanka’s final offensive. Are they telling the truth now?
The Tamil Tigers seem to be cornered, despite an air attack Friday. But many predict a drawn-out fight to the end.
Saturday's elections in an old Tamil Tiger stronghold offer the prospect of more autonomy and an end to civil war.