Sri Lanka President resigns as head of ruling coalition

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 04 August 2004, 11:49 GMT]
Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga resigned her post as the leader of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance Wednesday. The President's office said in brief statement that she was resigning due to pressure of work. Political analysts however said that it could mean fissures in the ruling UPFA over restarting peace talks with the Liberation Tigers. However, sources close to President Kumaratunga's Sri Lanka Freedom Party said the move is intended to make her brother Mr. Anura Bandaranaike leader of the UPFA with a view to sidelining Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksha.

The statement from the President's office said the Sri Lanka Freedom Party would decide on a new person to fill the vacancy.

 

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