Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has pledged its support to the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in the Eastern Province, and an official announcement to this effect is forthcoming, party sources said. The SLMC High Command met last night to iron out differences within party ranks after some quarters demanded that the party joins the TNA to form a provincial administration in the East. The chief minister of the Eastern province would be a Muslim provincial councillor. SLMC sources said that Hakeem had demanded the chief minister’s post of the Eastern Provincial Council, a national list seat in the PC and the implementation of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution as part of his grand bargain to support the government.  ]]>

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