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* Speaker joins Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Sat, Feb 20, 2010, 08:37 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 20, Colombo: The Speaker of the dissolved Sri Lanka parliament, W.J.M. Lokubandara has joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the main constituent of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance.

The former Speaker joined the SLFP during a special meeting of the Badulla-Bandarawela District Organizers held at Badulla Town Hall under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Mr. Lokubandara, who entered the parliament in 1977, represented the main opposition United National Party (UNP). He was elected as the Speaker in 2004.

Speaking at the occasion Mr. Lokubandara said that he has fully accepted President's. A large number of opposition party members also joined the SLFP during the meeting.

Former Speaker's son Uditha Sanjaya Lokubandara was recently appointed as the SLFP organizer for Haputale. He is to contest from Badulla District at the the General Election under the UPFA ticket.

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