July 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Muslim party Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has decided to demand the Chief Minister position of the Eastern Provincial Council.
SLMC claims that the President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the leadership of the ruling coalition United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had promised to give them the Chief Minister position after two and half years.
SLMC had consented to the Chief Minister Najeeb Abdul Majeed of ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) on this condition, said the secretary of the SLMC Hasan Ali.
According to this condition, he said, that the SLMC had to be given the Chief Minister position by next year.
Ruling UPFA won 22 seats including the seven seats won by SLMC at the election held in September 2012. The opposition has 15 seats making SLMC the crucial factor in forming a government in the Eastern Provincial Council.