Oct 04, Kandy: Supporters of Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have protested against the appointment of the former Central Province Chief Minister, Sarath Ekanayake as the new Central Province Chief Minister.
Ekanayake, who had obtained the second highest preferential votes behind Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne's son, Anuradha Jayaratne at the elections held last month, was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the Province Thursday.
Supporters of the Prime Minister's son have staged a protest to express their displeasure over the government's decision to appoint Ekanayake as the Chief Minister.
Anuradha Jayaratne obtained the highest number of preferential votes at the elections and was vying for the top spot in the Central Provincial Council.
The protesters had reportedly gathered at the Dalada Street in Kandy and blocked vehicles. Anuradha Jayaratne had then addressed the crowd and they had dispersed afterwards.
Ekanayake received 70,174 preference votes while Anuradha Jayaratne received the highest preference votes in Kandy district with 107,644 votes.
Ekanayake was appointed due to his experience in provincial politics. However, Premier Jayaratne has said that Anuradha Jayaratne has been his coordinating secretary for several years and had the necessary political experience.
Jayaratne has added that there have been instances where new entrants to politics being appointed as provincial chief minsters after polling the highest number of preferential votes.