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Rajapaksa accuses Sirisena of protecting Ranil

The former president Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday accused the president, Maithripala Sirisena of protecting the UNP leader and prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, following the UNP's election defeat at the local government polls. 

Speaking to reporters, Mr Rajapaksa reiterated his call for the position of Opposition Leader to be given to the UPFA. 

Mr Sumanthiran, the TNA spokesperson, rejected this however, stating that the Opposition Leader cannot be from the UPFA as the president is the leader of that party.