CBK to join Good Governance Front next week

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is likely to align herself with the United National Front for Good Governance next week.

Kumaratunga, who left for the UK after the UPFA decided to give nomination to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is expected to return to the country after July 19, her Private Secretary P. Dissanayake told the Daily News.

Following her return, Kumaratunga is likely to extend her support to the United National Front for Good Governance campaign. “She will mainly focus on the Gampaha district where Minister Arjuna Ranatunga is a candidate.

She will also play a role in the overall campaign of the party,” a spokesperson from the Good Governance Front said.

“Former President Kumaratunga earlier had some doubts about contesting under the elephant symbol. However, the Good Governance Front had to contest under the symbol of the UNP due to unavoidable reasons. Therefore, symbol will not be an issue for the former President,” a source close to Kumaratunga said.

z_p01-President2When asked whether the former President would make a special statement following her return explaining her position, the spokesman said there was no need for a special statement, at this point.

“Her position is quite clear. She does not have any reason to support the UPFA campaign. She will support any effort to protect the “January 8 revolution” and its mandate,” he said.

There were speculations that the former President left for the UK in protest of the UPFA’s decision to allow Rajapaksa to contest the Parliamentary election under the party ticket. However, her office released a statement saying the former President visited London to attend a family matter and the visit was planned last year.

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