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JVP threatens to block Hambantota port agreement

Only a few hours after the much delayed Hambantota port city deal was signed, the JVP on Saturday threatened to block the implementation of the deal, warning of its influence on workers at Sri Lanka's Ports Authority. 

“The parties may sign a paper today but the workers at the ports authority could always prevent it being implemented," the JVP leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, criticising the government's signing of the deal with China's state owned company yesterday ahead of any debate on the issue in parliament. 

"How the signing could take place today when the President himself had assured the trade Union that the agreement would only be signed after obtaining the views of the Opposition," Mr Dissanayake was quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying on Saturday. 

The deal has been met with protests from Buddhist monks and Sinhala voters who accuse the current government of clandestinely selling the country to China.