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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 876

Mangala's imminent return delayed only by Rajapakse's nod?

Colombo, 22 April, (Asiantribune.com): Political circles in Colombo –especially the governing SLFP's- are now abuzz with the rumour of an 'impending return' of sacked former Foreign Minister Managala Samaraweera back to the fold.Mangala Samaraweera: I will not form another political party either. I have voiced my dissenting feelings in order to correct the government though I agree that I might have voiced my concerns in the wrong way. Neither did I prepare to impeach the president." Mangala Samaraweera: I will not form another political party either. I have voiced my dissenting feelings in order to correct the government though I agree that I might have voiced my concerns in the wrong way. Neither did I prepare to impeach the president."

The rumours 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 Lakvision TV channel’s Chairman Rohan Welivita, a businessman, has reportedly acted as the go between linking Mangala and President Rajapakse at that moment. With the consent of President Rajapakse, Mr. Welivita thereafter travelled to Singapore and inquired after the wellbeing of both Mangala and his Mother, it was reported. Thereafter, Mr. Welivita visited Managala several occasions in Singapore and realized that Mangala's own circumstances are changing for him to return to the fold.

As soon as Mr Welivita returned to Sri Lanka, on the consent of President Rajapakse, he continued to phone Mangala on a daily basis. It is then that Managala revealed "I came to know that since I am away from the country, the opposition has begun 'attacking' the government. I will not allow this to happen. I will not form another political party either. I have voiced my dissenting feelings in order to correct the government though I agree that I might have voiced my concerns in the wrong way. Neither did I prepare to impeach the president." This was promptly conveyed to President Rajapakse by the go-between.

Meanwhile, the President also instructed Sri Lankan ambassador in Singapore to visit the hospital where Mangala's mother was warded and inquire into her progress, which was duly attended to by the ambassador.

Mangala and his mother returned to Sri Lanka on Sunday April 15.On Tuesday April 17 both of telephoned President Rajapakse them in unison and thanked him. An impressed Ms. Samaraweera reportedly waxed lyrical of President's attention to those present, it was reported.

On that same Tuesday, Western province governor Alavi Maulana visited the former foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera at his Stanmore Crescent residence and held discussion for over one and half hours. Mangala reiterated what he revealed to the go-between in Singapore but more importantly Alavi Maulana realized that Mangala has become "much more flexible."

Mr. Maulana who wanted to update President on Mangala's new flexibility could not promptly do so as the President was to leave for Italian tour.

He now awaits for the President's return from Italy to brief him as to what transpired between him and Mangala.

- Asian Tribune -

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