5:02 AM

Chief Ministership to be rotated

Eastern Provincial Council Chief Ministership is to be rotated amongst the three community leaders elected recently at the provincial council election.

Just after the elections to the Provincial Council, United Peoples Freedom Alliance which emerged victorious with 18+ 2 bonus = 20 seats out of the total of 37, appointed Chanthirakanthan Sivanesathurai, the Tamil candidate from the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal as Chief Minister of the East.

After a period of two years, he is to be succeeded by Minister M.L.A.M Hisbullah, a Muslim community candidate for the next two years. After Hisbullah, a Sinhalese elected from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party within the UPFA is to be given the Chief Ministership for the balance period of one year.

The issue of Chief Ministership was considererd in the midst of the UPFA as a contentious issue and earlier, Hisbullah demanded that he should be made the Chief Minister as Muslims have won 8 out of the 18 UPFA elected seats.