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Eastern Province governor attempting to oust Tamils and Muslims from important local government positions

A senior Eastern Provincial Council official has alleged that the Eastern Province’s governor is attempting to replace Tamils and Muslims serving in several important local government positions with Sinhalese.

The senior official said that high-level Tamil and Muslim officials in the East had unofficially been asked to resign by governor Rohitha Bogollagama.

The governor plans to fill the positions in agencies such as the housing authority with his political friends from other districts, the official said, and cut down the number of Tamils and Muslims in authoritative positions in the East.