Former eastern province CM made Rajapaksa adviser

Sivanesaturai Chandrakanthan, a Tamilian and former CM of eastern province has been appointed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa`s adviser.

Updated: Sep 18, 2012, 18:07 PM IST

Colombo: Sivanesaturai Chandrakanthan, a Tamilian and former chief minister of eastern province has been appointed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa`s adviser.

Chandrakanthan, who held the eastern chief minister`s position was replaced by a Muslim Tuesday.

The ruling United People`s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition`s Najeeb A Majeed was sworn in as the Chief Minister ending a week of stalemate over the appointment.

This was following all contesting parties in the September 8 election failed to garner a working majority in the 37 member assembly.

Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan an ex-member of the LTTE leads Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP), a breakaway faction of the separatist group.

PTI