Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sri Lankan govt dissolves two provincial councils, polls soon

Encouraged by the success of the ruling coalition in the key local polls in the LTTE-dominated east last month, the Sri Lankan government dissolved two provincial councils and decided to hold elections soon.

The announcement was made by the Chief Ministers of the Western Sabaragamuwa and North Central Provincial Councils.

It is learnt that before leaving for London to attend a Commonwealth 'mini-summit' yesterday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa held talks on the issue with the Chief Ministers of the two provinces.

Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister Mahipala Herath and North Central Chief Minister Bertie Premalal Dissanayake gave their consent for an election at this stage, as they did not have a majority to run their respective councils.

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