Thilina Bandara Thennakone likely to become Central Provincial Chief Minister; Letter to Governor from Western Province Chief Minister

Thursday, 15 January 2015 - 20:09

It is reported that majority of the Central Provincial Council has agreed to offer the chief ministerial post to Thilina Bandara Tennakoon.

Thilina Bandara Tennakoon told our news team that 34 members out of 58 members of the council have submitted affidavits giving their consent to his appointment to Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa.

However Central Provincial Council governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa said that a final decision would be taken tomorrow after consulting the Attorney General.

Meanwhile, during a media conference in Colombo today Western Provincial council Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said that he still has the support of 57 members out of 104 members of the council.

Nevertheless, Western Provincial Council Opposition Leader Manju Arangala said that UNP would take over the council within the next few weeks.

However, councilor Udaya Gammanpila told a media conference today that action will be taken if the opposition tries to grab power in the manner where power was taken over by the opposition in the Uva Provincial Council.

He said chief minister Prasanna Ranatunga has already written to Governor Alavi Moulana about this decision.

At the same time, addressing a media conference last Monday, Eastern Provincial Council Opposition Leader Daya Gamage said that the power of the council would be changed before the 20th of this month.

In addition, discussions are going on to change the power of North central Province as three members have already pledged support to the new government led by President Maithreepala Sirisena.

At this juncture, North Central Provincial Council chief minister S.M. Ranjith has told that he would resign from his post in the event he loses majority in the council.

Changing power of the Uva Provincial Council yesterday, its opposition Leader Harin Fernando assumed duties as the chief minister yesterday.

The change of power of the Uva Provincial Council took new turn in the developing political atmosphere in the country, and power of several other provincial councils expected to be changed within the next few weeks.

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