Sri Lanka’s President Rajapaksa wins back defector

Dec 03 (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa won back a politician from a Bhuddhist nationalist party Thursday in the first re-defection in a continuing stream of defections to and from the administration.

Udaya Gammanpila, from the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) party said he was choosing the lesser of two evils in siding with the president.

Gammanpila who was a minister in Sri Lanka’s Western Provincial council resigned his posts last month along with party.

But he had now quit the party to join the administration.

He said the country had a problem with rule of law but an administration of opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena would be even worse for the country.

There had been speculation that he would be made chief minister of the Western Provincial council.

Earlier on Thursday, Tissa Attanayake who decamped from the opposition United National Party, was appointed health minister.

Sirisena was health minister before he quit to challenge President Rajapaksa in upcoming January polls.

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