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Speaker backs Rajapaksa as opposition leader

Sri Lanka's Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya has backed the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa as the country's opposition leader, despite objections from the TNA and party leaders such as Rauff Hakeem and Mano Ganeshan. 

Informing party leaders of his decision, Jayasuriya said anyone could take up the matter through a judicial process. 

Jayasuriya announced last month he would be recognising Rajapaksa as the opposition leader, following Ranil Wickremesinghe's re-appointment as prime minister with the support of the TNA.