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* 2006 winners of Colombo Municipal Council election to support ruling alliance this time
Mon, Aug 22, 2011, 09:41 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 22, Colombo: Former Colombo Deputy Mayor A.K.A.S. Rajendran says that the independent group led by him will not contest the upcoming election for Colombo Municipal Council.

He further said that the group would support the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

The group won 23 seats in the last election held in 2006 for Colombo Municipal Council contesting under the spectacle symbol with the support of the United National Party (UNP) whose nomination was rejected.

The ruling party led by Vasudeva Nanayakkara has only managed to win 14 seats.

Later, Uvais Mohamed Imitiyas, a 22-year-old trishaw driver, was appointed as the Mayor and the Council was dissolved after some time due to mismanagement under his rule. A mayor supported by the ruling party was later appointed.

Rajendran says that the team contested the Colombo Municipal Council in 1997 and 2002 as well and won one seat each.

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