(By Walter Jayawardhana)

Accepting President Rajapaksa’s invitation to political parties to join the ruling coalition , Wimal Weerawansa led People’s freedom Front announced that it would join the government under an agreement yet to be signed in January.

“We want to determine that the year 2009 as the year that would make our armed forces win their final great victory over the LTTE while another section wants to make it the year that rescues Pirapaharan,” said Wimal Weerawansa referring to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam leader Prabhakaran, explaining one of the main purposes of joining the government.

Weerawansa , the President of the party said so far two sessions of discussions had been held between the parties and the fianal agreement will be signed January 28 after some more discussions between government leaders and his party to establish a “wide unity”.

Weerawansa, an eloquent speaker who did a major part of electioneering for President Rajapaksa at the last Presidential election when his former party the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) was a member of the same coalition, is expected to become a major campaigner in the upcoming Provincial Council elections for the government. Weerawansa and others broke away from the JVP and formed the new political party.

Weerawansa said there are national and foreign conspiracies to undo the victories so far achieved by the heroic armed forces of Sri Lanka and save Prabhakaran making the times a crucial and momentous one that requires the strengthening of the government extremely mandatory.

Meanwhile thousands of people demonstrated at the Lipton round - about in Colombo demanding all conspiracies to avoid the victory of the armed forces should be defeated.

While Opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe handed over a letter demanding that the parliament should be summoned regarding the crisis that has arisen out of the Supreme Court decision of decreasing the price of petrol Minister Laxman Yapa Abeywardena there is no hurry to convene the parliament. He said the power about fiscal policies of the government rests only in the parliament and a decision about these matters have been already taken. He said the Opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe came to hand over the letter in a gas guzzling huge car that consumes one litre of gasoline to run five kilometres.

Mahajan Eksath Peramuna leader Dinesh Gunawardena said the conspiracy to save Prabhakaran should be defeated by all people getting on the streets and protesting.

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