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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2962

Rishad suspends party Secretary

Colombo, 23 August, (

The ACMC has decided to suspend the Party Secretary from holding his chair and has appointed a special review committee to as well. “The supreme council of ACMC, by a majority decision this morning tentatively suspended the party Secretary YLS Hameed. We are temporarily appointing (medical) Dr L. Shah Jahan in his place” announced ACMC Leader Rishad Bathiudeen MP on 22 August.

ACMC Leader Bathiudeen MP was addressing a special press conference held by his party at Kingsbury Hotel on the morning of 22 August. Joining ACMC leader Bathiudeen were members of ACMC and newly elected ACMC MPs such as A.R.Ishaq (MP-Anuradhapura), Ameer Ali (MP-Batticaloa) as well as National List MP M Navavi.

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“As the Leader of ACMC I announce that the supreme council of ACMC, by a majority decision this morning suspended the party Secretary YLS Hameed tentatively. We are temporarily appointing (medical) Dr L. Shah Jahan in his place” said ACMC Leader Bathiudeen and added: “I am appointing a four member committee led by ACMC Chairman Ameer Ali MP to look into the various statements and/or actions by YLS Hameed while remaining as the Party Secretary against ACMC and report back to me within the next two weeks for us to decide on the next steps.

The Committee will investigate whether such behaviour by YLS Hameed impacted on the party discipline. Also we thank and praise the Election Commissioner for the high standards maintained during the entire national election season. Though we did not get a seat/MP in Ampara, despite many challenges, we are encouraged by the response of more than 33000 votes given to us. However we are not satisfied with votes we received in Ampara and we believe that we received more there. Therefore we are considering legal action and recount request in this regard. We also thank voters of Sammanturai who gave more than 14000 votes and all other voters everywhere who voted for us.

The Muslim community of Sri Lanka is still largely backward and we started ACMC to develop them and we have taken this massive responsibility to our hands. Though we expected eight MPs to be elected we got only four and we expected two National List MPs but we got only one. We pledge that we will not go against the wishes of voters who voted for us.”

ACMC is fielded 10 candidates to 7 slots of Digamadulla District’s electorates of Ampara, Kalmunai, Sammanthurai and Potuvil in Eastern Province. It contested alone as ACMC in Ampara District while in Northern Province, with the UNP.

- Asian Tribune –

ACMC Leader Rishad Bathiudeen (second from right) addresses the press on 22 August at Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo. Seated next to him (at far right) is the ACMC new Secretary L Shah Jahan.
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