SLMC Athaullah faction joins SLFP-JVP alliance

[TamilNet, Friday, 20 February 2004, 13:08 GMT]
A key breakaway faction of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the main partner of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's government said Friday that it is joining the SLFP-JVP alliance to contest the April elections to Sri Lanka's Parliament in Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Digamadulla and Vanni. The announcement by this powerful faction of the SLMC, led by former minister of highways Mr. A.L.M Athaullah is seen as a setback for Mr. Wickremesinghe's coalition.

Addressing a press conference in Colombo, Mr. Athaullah said he, along with former MPs from Digamadulla (Amparai) Mr. Anwer Ismail and Mr. H.M.M Harriss are joining the SLFP-JVP alliance to ''strengthen President Kumaratunga's hand'."

 

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