Leader of the breakaway 'Karuna faction', Vinayagamoorthi Muralidaran, alias 'Colonel Karuna' has been “nominated” as a Member of Parliament from the quota of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Timeline of events under "Eastern province" issue
President Rajapakse's United People's Freedom Alliance, running in a coalition with the breakaway LTTE faction known as the TMVP (formerly 'Karuna faction'), wins control of the Eastern Provincial government.
Sri Lankan rights group University Teachers for Human Rights (UTHR) finds state security forces responsible for murder of 17 Action Contre La Faim (ACF) aid workers.
The Thamil Makkal Vidudal Puligal (TMVP) party wins 72 of 101 seats on nine local councils, the first elections in Eastern Sri Lanka for 14 years. For the municipal council of Batticaloa, the TMVP - contesting the elections under the banner of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) - secured 11 of its 19 seats after obtaining 53.77 percent of the 26,331 valid votes.
The Supreme Court dismisses a petition seeking postponement of elections to the local bodies in Batticaloa.
The All Party Representative Committee (APRC) unveils its power sharing proposals after 63 sessions carried out over 18 months.
The ruling UPFA coalition sign an agreement with the TMVP (formerly the Karuna Faction - now known as the Pillaiyan Faction) to contest the local government elections in the Eastern Province together.
The Chief District Secretary of the Eastern province is shot dead in Trincomalee. The Government accuses the LTTE.
The Sri Lankan government captures Thoppigala, in what is claimed as the last LTTE base in the Eastern Province. Army chiefs claim that the "victory" gave the government control of the area for the first time in 13 years.
A gazette notification by the Sri Lankan government blocks the resettlement of displaced Tamils in Sampur and Muttur East in Trincomalee following the designation of the areas as a High Security Zone (HSZ).
President Rajapakse visits areas that were captured from the LTTE on the eve of the 59th anniversary of independence from Britain.
The Sri Lankan army takes control of Vaharai and Kathiraveli, both LTTE strongholds in Batticaloa.
At least 45 Tamil civilians are killed in Vaharai, Batticaloa by the Sri Lankan military. The Sri Lankan government defends the allegation on the basis that the LTTE was using civilians as 'human shields'.
The Sri Lankan government announces that its military has taken control of strategically important Sampur.
17 aid workers belonging to the French agency ‘Action Against Hunger’ (ACF) are killed in Muttur. Allegations are made against the returning Sri Lankan troops.