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Sri Lanka military chief ‘quits’

[BBC, Thursday, 12 November 2009 11:23 No Comment]

_46703243_-15 Sri Lanka’s armed forces chief Sarath Fonseka, who helped secure the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels in May, has resigned, opposition politicians say.

Gen Fonseka is reportedly considering challenging President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an election to be held before April. He is due to make a speech shortly.

The resignation was swiftly accepted by the president, a political source told the BBC on condition of anonymity.

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