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* Sri Lanka ruling party confident of winning two-thirds majority at general elections
Wed, Mar 3, 2010, 08:21 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ruling party United People's Freedom Alliance expressed confidence that it will definitely secure two-thirds majority in the parliament at the upcoming general election.

Addressing a media briefing held at the Ministry of Mass Media and Information today, Minister of Media Laxman Yapa Abeywardena said that the surveys conducted so far have established this fact and the UPFA has already commenced the propaganda campaign for the upcoming General Election at the grass roots level.

The Minister said groups of opposition members in many areas are joining the ruling alliance. He said 150 employees in the Lake House Institute have extended support to the government while another 500 employees in the petroleum corporation have also joined the government.

Commenting on the former Chief Justice Sarath Silva's statement that the detained presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka is a political prisoner, the Minister said the statement is regrettable.

"It is not appropriate to make statements regarding a case that is being investigated in the courts, especially by a former Chief Justice" he said adding that the Supreme Court rejected bail and allowed to detain General Fonseka because it had grounds to further question the General.

"We should let the judiciary and military to handle this and refrain from making statements as citizens while the case is on going," the Minister said.

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