UPFA Chief Minister for Western Provincial Council
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 June 2005, 18:11 GMT]
Mr.Nandana Mendis of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Wednesday
evening was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the Western Provincial
Council (WPC) before the Provincial Governor Mr.Alavi Mowlana. He was
appointed following the resignation of Mr.Reginald Cooray from the Chief
Minister post, sources said.
Mr. Mowlana, Wednesday met with leaders of all political
parties represented in the WPC separately to assess the support each party
had in the council and determined that the UPFA could prove its majority in the council.
Hence he named
Mr Nandana Mendis as the new Chief Minister, sources said.
Mr. Reginald Cooray who is also from the UPFA resigned from the Chief
Minister post Monday when the no-confidence motion sponsored by the United
National Party (UNP) was to be taken up on the same day against him with
the support of JVP.
His resignation rendered the motion ineffective.