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Mangala visits CBK in Atthanagalla

Former United National Party (UNP) MP Mangala Samaraweera visited former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, at the Horagolla Walauwa in Atthanagalla over the weekend.

The former President is also a close friend of Samaraweera.

His visit comes after he announced last week that he would step down from Parliamentary politics.

Samaraweera has represented the Matara district for more than thirty years in Parliament and has held important ministerial portfolios in a number of governments icluding Kumaratunga’s.

He requested the people of Matara to refrain from casting their preferential votes for him at the upcoming polls although his name appears in the electoral list as a candidate from the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB).

He said it was necessary to initiate a movement towards a progressive political trajectory in Sri Lanka in partnership with the people in this country who respect democracy, and the different social identities and cultural traditions in the country.