8/04/2009

LTTE re-organizing among Diaspora Tamils; elections for a transnational government in April 2010

(August 04, 2009 - Lanka Polity) Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE), the movement that fought for a ethnic Tamil dominated separate state in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka for three decades is silently re-organizing among the Diaspora Tamils following Sri Lanka Government militarily uprooted their forces within the island.

Sources say that the new LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP is consolidating power within the structure. Sri Lankan intelligence wings recently focused attention towards the involvement of a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP who is now abroad on leave to strike a compromise between KP and the LTTE's Diaspora Affairs leader Castro who was not in good terms with the new leader.

LTTE is trying to give it a democratic face in restructuring. However, the sources say that it has become very difficult for the movement to adjust to democracy following decades of militant politics.

Meanwhile, US resident Viswanathan Rudrakumaran, an offspring of a one time Jaffna Mayor, who represented LTTE in peace talks has been assigned to form a Transnational Government of Tamil Ealam, a government in exile sans a host state. He said to Indian magazine Tehelka that elections for the new endeavor will be held in April 2010.

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