Military parade for Kumaratunge postponed
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 23 November 2005, 14:32 GMT]
A farewell military parade by all three armed
forces to the outgoing Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike
Kumaratunge has been postponed indefinitely as heavy rains flooded
the main parade field of the army head quarters, military sources said.
The parade was organised by the Chief of the Defence services Admiral
Daya Sandagiri to give the outgoing President a ceremonial send off
as she had been serving as the Commander-in Chief for the armed
forces for the past eleven years.
Ms Kumaratunge was the longest serving
President who was also the Commander in Chief of the armed forces
after late J.R.Jayawardena for two consecutive terms in SriLanka.
Today's postponement of the parade came as a big
dissapointment for the out going President as she expected
to have a ceremonial exit from her office today. She had commented
to her close circle of friends that she wanted to leave her office and the
official residence known as President's House with dignity, sources
Meanwhile, the new President Mahinda Rajapakse had offered his
predecessor the option to stay in the official residence until she
finds a suitable residence for her.
The new President still occupies the Prime Minister's official
residence `Temple Trees.'