TGTE Announces Its First Cabinet, and US Tamil Group is Delighted

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The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) announced today that it had formed its first cabinet. The cabinet includes a prime minister, three deputy prime ministers, and seven ministers with portfolio. The US Tamil Group Tamils for Obama said they were pleased and delighted.

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) announced today that it had formed its first cabinet. The reaction, at least from the American group Tamils for Obama, was swift and positive.

“We are pleased,” said a spokesman for Tamils for Obama. “It shows a number of things, all of which we think are good. First, it shows us that TGTE is not going to be just a ceremonial organization. It is a solemn group that takes their duties seriously. We are impressed with the quality of people who have volunteered for and been appointed to the TGTE’s cabinet.

“Second, it shows us that TGTE is going to be a stable and enduring organization. This will be an institution that connects diaspora Tamils who are scattered all over the world to each other and to the Tamils in Ceylon.

“Third, it demonstrates that this group has a democratic mandate from the people it claims to represent. The MPs were elected by diaspora Tamils. The MPs selected a prime minister, who appointed cabinet members. That’s how it is done by Parliamentary governments all over the world. We think that Tamils everywhere should be proud of our newly born democratic government, which we hope will be the beginning of a justly ruled, democratic Tamil Eelam. That is our dream.

“We hope and expect that someday the TGTE leaders will meet with the Obama administration in Washington. We at Tamils for Obama will work hard to make this happen.

“We have heard from despairing Tamils in Sri Lanka who have told us that their spirits are raised by this organization that they believe will be a voice for them to tell their story to the rest of the world. That raises our spirits too,” said the Tamils for Obama spokesman.

The TGTE announcement included details about the ministers and their deputies. To read the complete TGTE announcement go to:

To see the announcement in Tamil go to:

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Tamils for Obama is a politically active association of Tamil Americans. The group believes that the ultimate solution to ethnic strife in Sri Lanka will necessarily include some form of political separation of Sri Lankan Tamils from the government dominated by the majority Singhalese. Tamils for Obama supports peaceful measures that if believes advance this goal of a political solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic problems.

Tamils are an ethnic group living mainly in the northeast of Sri Lanka and southern India. During the final weeks of the recent civil war, the Sri Lankan government killed about 1,000 Tamil civilians per day, according to the United Nations, and about 40,000 in 2009. The Tamil are a population in Sri Lanka has borne the brunt of a civil war they regard as genocide. One-third of the Tamil population has fled the island and formed a substantial diaspora overseas. Tamils for Obama is comprised of Tamils who have settled in the U.S. or who were born in the U.S.

To contact the group, call at (617) 765-4394 and speak to, or leave a message for, the Communication Director, Tamils for Obama.


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