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 Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:36 am 
Arumugan Thondaman quit the government with 4 others

Arumugan Thondaman, and four deputy ministers in President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government had resigned after an unspecified disagreement. "We have pulled out because we had a misunderstanding with the government," said R. Yogarajan vice president of CWC. "Our party felt insulted due to some reason ... which we are not disclosing," he added.

Thu August 2, 2007 / Agencies

Cabinet minister Arumugan Thondaman and four deputy ministers from the Ceylon Workers Congress resigned today from the government.

The Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) said its leader, Minister of Youth Empowerment Arumugan Thondaman, and four deputy ministers in President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government had resigned after an unspecified disagreement.

The CWC's exit leaves the government with 113 seats in the 225-seat parliament, the minimum number required for a working majority, and comes as the island's fractured opposition seeks to build an alliance to topple it.

"We have pulled out because we had a misunderstanding with the government," said R. Yogarajan, vice president of a party that represents Tamil tea estate workers, who were first brought to Sri Lanka in the 19th century by then colonial ruler Britain.

"Our party felt insulted due to some reason ... which we are not disclosing," he added. "For the moment there is no chance of our patching up."


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