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Monday, 10 September 2012 - 18:59
SLMC to align with government in East; Rauff Hakeem makes revelation during government party meeting
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Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Rauff Hakeem has pledged the support of his party to the government.

Hakeem's comments came during a meeting which held under the patronage of

President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this morning.

Leaders representing the constituent parties of the UPFA were also present during the meeting.

It is also reported that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had extended his gratitude towards the party leaders for ensuring the UPFA's victory during Saturdays polls.

None of the parties which contested the Eastern province was able to obtain a clear margin of victory over the province.

Hence the SLMC remains the crucible in obtaining power over in the East.

The UNP obtained four seats over in the East while the TNA obtained 11.

If both parties amalgamate the total number of seats would stand at 15.

However the UPFA in a solo attempt managed to garner 14 seats over in the East.

If the National Freedom Front decides to support the government the number of seats would stand at 15.

A majority of 19 seats is required to establish power in the east when considering the total number of seats available in the province.

Hence the SLMC remains a crucial factor in maintaining the power shift in the East with 7 seats in its possession.

However the Supreme Council of the SLMC is due to convene tonight to decide

on its allegiance in the East.

Former Deputy Mayor of Colombo Asath Sally speaking to our news team expressed these views concerning the power shift in the East.

Sally who contested the Batticaloa district under the SLMC banner noted that congress did not have a future journey with the government.

However speaking at a function held in Kaduwela today, General Secretary of the UPFA Susil Premajayantha noted that the alliance will establish power over in the East.

Meanwhile the UNP & the TNA has notified the governor of the East that the parties were prepared to establish power over in the East.

The notification had been jointly issued by the leader of the TNA R. Sambanthan & General Secretary of the UNP Thissa Aththanayeke.

Our news team meanwhile obtained the Views of Attorney-at-law Gomin Dayasiri with concern to establishing power in a provincial council when the required majority was lacking.

peaking further he also had this to say…..

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