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* John Amaratunga to be appointed for Chief Opposition Whip of Sri Lanka parliament
Thu, Apr 22, 2010, 11:36 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 22, Colombo: Senior member of Sri Lanka's main opposition UNP, John Amaratunga, is to be appointed as the Chief Opposition Whip of the seventh parliament.

The UNP parliamentary group had arrived at the decision to appoint Amaratunga as the Chief Opposition Whip on Wednesday.

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe who chaired the meeting had nominated Amaratunga's name for the post.

Amaratunga, who made his parliamentary debut in 1978, was elected to parliament from the Gampaha District at the 2010 general election.

He held several Cabinet portfolios in UNP governments and was Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) for almost six years.

The post of Chief Opposition Whip was held in the last parliament by current UNP National List member Joseph Michael Perera.

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