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Arrest of Sri Lankan Presidential Candidate Spurs Unrest

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Arrest of Sri Lankan Presidential Candidate Spurs Unrest

Sarath Fonseka was selected by the United National Party (UNP), the main Opposition party in Sri Lanka, as its candidate for the 2010 presidential elections.

In Sri Lanka today, opposition supporters clashed with rival groups in the streets over the arrest of defeated presidential candidate Sareth Fonseka. The army chief turned politician was dragged into detention on Monday. President Rajapaksa's government has accused his Fonseka of planning to over throw his government. But, the government is holding him on charges that he overstepped his impartiality while still Army chief.
 
Rajapaksa appears to be cracking down in advance of parliamentary elections he just called for April. Charu Latta Hogg is with the Asia Progam at Chatham House in London.

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