| GEO World|
| Sri Lanka to hold local elections in north|
| Updated at: 1559 PST, Monday, May 25, 2009|
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka announced Monday it would hold elections for two key town councils in the war-torn north, a week after government forces crushed the separatist Tamil Tigers who ran a de facto state across the region.
In the wake of its victory, the government said it would hold elections across the area as soon as possible.
Local Government Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon said the government would start with elections to the Jaffna and Vavuniya town councils. Both those areas lay just outside the de facto state the rebels had controlled in the north.