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Basil to resign as MP to lead presidential campaign?

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Presidential advisor Basil Rajapaksa is to  resign from his national list parliamentary seat to lead the presidential election campaign, ‘Lankadeepa’ reports.

Southern provincial councilor elect Hemal Gunasekara is likely to take his place and be given a non-cabinet ministerial position, said the newspaper in a report by Ranjith Ananda Jayasinghe.

A date is expected to be announced next month for the presidential polls tipped to be held early next year.

The government had changed an earlier decision to appoint Mr. Gunasekara as south chief minister, after ex-CM Shan Wijayalal de Silva polled the highest number of preferential votes at the October 10 polls.

The report also says that labour minister Mervyn Silva had been asked to resign to give way for Mr. Gunasekara.


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October 15, 2009 at 3:25 pm

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