The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 193

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Former Speaker joins ruling PA
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.35 p.m. SLT Tuesday October 16. Speaker Anura Bandaranaike today resigned his membership from the main opposition United National Party.

In a letter to Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe, Bandaranaike said they would always remain friends, citing the fact that they had been school mates at Royal College.

Bandaranaike has officially informed the UNP Leader that he will be joining the ruling Peoples Alliance as a member.
Published: Tue Oct 16 08:38:00 EDT 2001

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