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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 113

Sri Lanka: Mangala, Sripathi join the opposition

By Joseph Thavaraja

Colombo, 19 June, (Asiantribune.com): The controversial former Sri Lankan Ministers duo, have now joined the opposition. Former Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi Sooriyarachchi left their benches in Government side and sat today with oppositions in Sri Lanka Parliament.Ex-Ministerial Duo -  Mangala, Sripathi crossed over to the opposition benches this morning in the Sri Lanka’s  parliament. Ex-Ministerial Duo - Mangala, Sripathi crossed over to the opposition benches this morning in the Sri Lanka’s parliament.

Before he walked towards opposition benches at 11:54 am, standing from his government side, Mangala declared "As a moderate politician I cannot support the government anymore." He added "But I shall not leave the ruling SLFP. I shall continue to stay in SLFP and work with the party."

Thereafter, he walked to the opposition benches amidst welcoming
applause by opposition members. As soon as he "crossed over" he
attempted to say something amidst applause, but his microphone was
disconnected from the lobby's sound system at once.

Previously, despite his high profile sacking by President Rajapakse,
it was speculated that Mangala would return to the fold. In fact on
May 9, Mangala Samaraweera even 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.

Sripathi Sooriyarachchi was arrested by the Criminal Investigations
Division of the Police on a charge of misappropriation of state
property and remanded. He was arrested by the police and produced
before Colombo Fort additional magistrate and remained remanded till March 20.

- Asian Tribune -

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