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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Mangala Samaraweera votes with the government

Colombo, 10 May, ( Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera (UPFA), who was sacked by President Rajapakse but whose imminent return is only blocked by the nod of the President, voted with the government yesterday in Parliament. He voted with the government in favor of continuing the state of Emergency.

Parliamentary sources said that several government parliamentarians were seen exchanging pleasantries with him.

In the vote, the CWC and JVP voted with the government to continue the state of emergency, but the UNP abstained.

On April 22. Asian Tribune reported that political circles in Colombo –especially the governing SLFP's- were abuzz with the rumor of an 'impending return' of sacked former Foreign Minister Managala Samaraweera back to the fold.

The rumors first began flying when President Mahinda Rajapakse phoned the rebel Managala Samaraweera to the BIA airport as Mangala was about to take off to Singapore on March 26 with his mother.
The state of Emergency was extended by a month with 124 voting for and 15 against.

- Asian Tribune -

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