President assures East PC

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has given an assurance to government coalition members in the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) that he will address their concerns regarding the  Eastern Province Governor Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama.

Following this assurance the government alliance members of the EPC have agreed to resume sittings at the council, well informed sources told the Colombo Gazette.

Government coalition members of the EPC had been told to head to Kandy yesterday for a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The meeting came amidst strong opposition among several EPC members, including coalition members of the government, to the Eastern Province Governor Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama.

Government coalition members of the EPC have accused the Eastern Province Governor of interference in the work of the provincial council.

A similar meeting had been held recently in Colombo as well between Government coalition members of the EPC and senior Government Ministers.

Since the issue had not been resolved it is learned that the President had decided to meet the EPC members in light of the EPC set to take a vote on the 13th Amendment to the constitution.

Most EPC members are supportive of the 13th Amendment including giving land and police powers to the provinces.(Colombo Gazette)

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