Is Sri Lanka Poised To Make Money, Not War?

In her campaign posters for the Sri Lankan presidency, Prime Minister Chandrika Kumaratunga was dwarfed by a large dove. The message was clear: The leader of the leftist People's Alliance offered herself as the candidate to bring an end to the island's decade-old civil war. On Nov. 9, she won a resounding 62% of the votes. Even the business community, suspicious of her socialist background, was weary enough of the war to vote for her. "People have seen so many bombings and assassinations," says Arjuna Mahendran, senior regional economist at Crosby Securities in Colombo. "They just want peace."

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