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Ex-speaker Lokkubandara likely to be appointed cabinet minister

[TamilNet, Sunday, 18 April 2010 07:01 No Comment]

Former Speaker W. M. J. Lokkubandara is likely to be appointed a minister in the new cabinet which is expected to be announced on Wednesday by President Mahinda Rajapakse. A new face is to be elected to the post of Speaker on the first day when the new parliament meets on Thursday, political circles in Colombo said.

Lokkubandara was elected in the 2004 general election on the ticket of the main opposition United National Party (UNP). In the last leg of the dissolved parliament he switched his allegiance to the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

His son successfully contested the Haputale electorate on the UPFA ticket in the April 8 general election.

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