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 Post Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 11:23 pm 
Anti-privatisation stir in Sri Lanka

Colombo, April 3 Trade unions led by the JVP (People’s Liberation Front) have been leading an agitation against privatisation, vowing to bring the administration down if it goes ahead with the sale of state ventures.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga has openly lashed out at the unions. “Democracy does not mean the opinion of a handful,” Ms Kumaratunga said in a statement posted on her website since Saturday. “My government in the future will go ahead with decisions in the strictest meaning of democracy and that the government’s effort so far to obtain 100% consent of everyone has proved unsuccessful.”

Diplomatic sources said that the government was forced to carry out reforms in the energy sector in order to win foreign funding for investment and keep tariffs down. Ms Kumaratunga said electricity charges could be substantially reduced if proposed restructuring took effect.

—PTI


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