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UNP MP jumps ship - 'My leader is Mahinda Rajapaksa'

Less than a week after the leader of Sri Lanka's opposition party UNP, Ranil Wickremasinghe, breathed a sigh of relief that the MP Dayasiri Jayasekara was not going to jump ship, he did.

Defecting to the government, Jayasekara - widely purported by Sri Lankans to be a critic of the government - proclaimed: "My leader is Mahinda Rajapaksa".

UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekara is to contest the North Western Provincial Council election as the UPFA Chief Ministerial candidate.

Meanwhile, the SundayTimes.lk asserts that at least six local council UNP members are also expected to make the jump.

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