Sri Lanka names ex-diplomat as governor of northern former war zone

January 16, 2015 12:19 PM

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COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new leader, Maithripala Sirisena, has named a former diplomat as governor of the northern province, replacing a retired military officer in a bid to forge reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils after the end of a 26-year war.

Since the 2009 end of the war, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa maintained tight security in the region, ignoring requests to appoint a civilian governor to speed reconciliation efforts.

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