Sri Lankan ethnic devotees offer prayers during the "Thai Pongal" harvest festival at a temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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Sri Lanka's prime minister Friday promised greater political power to the island's Tamil minority under a new constitution aimed at preventing a return to ethnic war and healing the wounds of the past.The issue has been fraught, however, with hardline members of the Sinhalese majority opposing a federal system that would ensure more political power for minority Tamils.Some minorities fear a "unitary" constitution would see them lose out while moderate Tamils who want to remain in a single union have pressed for greater power in areas where they are in the majority. The prime minister also promised Friday to do more to help families of victims resolve the issue of dozens of Tamils who have been imprisoned for years without charge.
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