Sri Lanka’s first Tamil chief minister sworn in

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C.V. Wigneswaran
C.V. Wigneswaran Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lanka’s first Tamil chief minister is sworn in today. C. V. Wigneswaran will take his oaths with President Mahinda Rajapakse. Tamil supporters have called for a boycott of the ceremony amid claims Rajapakse intimidated candidates and voters to help the chances of his own Sinhalese party. RFI speaks to Teresita Schaffer, a former US ambassador to Sri Lanka, who explains how his victory is important amid lingering bitterness from the Sinhalese and Tamil conflict.