by T. Sabaratnam
Peace talks may suffer under UPFA
The Buddhist lobby succeeded today in forcing President Chandrika Kumaratunga to dump her nominee and appoint its choice as the new prime minister, indicating the hurdles that lie ahead of her in taking forward the peace process.
Kumaratunga wanted to appoint her advisor and former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar as the prime minister, but top Buddhist priests and her party seniors compelled her to appoint former opposition leader Mahinda Rajapakse, 58, as the new prime minister.
The Buddhist lobby told Kumaratunga that the appointment of Rajapakse, a devote Buddhist who had the blessings of the Maha Sangha, would please Sinhala Buddhists, who voted overwhelmingly for her party, the United People
Posted April 6, 2004