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EP Chief Minister will be named tommorrow

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 15 May, ( The Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council will be named tomorrow. A special discussion in this regard was held this afternoon under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapakse. Pillaiyan to be theCM?Pillaiyan to be theCM?

Speaking at the cabinet press briefing in Colombo this evening Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said with regard to the new Chief Minister what is important is not the individual but creating an environment where all communities can live freely. He firmly rejected UNP allegations that the government is creating racialism. He stressed that the aim of the government is to provide equal rights to all communities with Sri Lankan identity.

However rumors are spreading about appointing of the Chief Minister .According to the news reports TMVP Leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, alias Pillayan, is tipped to be appointed as the Eastern Province Chief Minister despite requests by Muslim ministers to appoint M.L.A.M. Hizbullah to the post.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had, on Tuesday, contacted two senior Muslim ministers and told them that the controversy over demands that Mr. Hizbullah be made the Chief Minister should be resolved before his return to the country from Britain, scheduled for yesterday.

President Rajapaksa had also expressed his disappointment to the ministers over comments by Mr. Hizbullah to the effect that he was confident of being appointed to the post.

"The President told us to resolve the matter before his return to the country," one of the ministers said, adding that the President had said he did not want to come home and face a ‘disaster,’ with Hizbullah or the Muslim ministers. He had said that Pillayan was tipped to be appointed to the post.

- Asian Tribune -

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