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Last updated: 21 November, 2005 - Published 14:30 GMT
 
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JVP undecided on joining govt.
 
President Rajapkse with JVP leader Amarasinghe
President Rajapakse agreed a 12-point plan with the JVP
The coalition ally of newly elected Sri Lanka president, Peoples Liberation Front (JVP), is still undecided whether to rejoin the government.

Former Cultural Affairs minister Vijitha Herath said the party has not decided to accept any Cabinet portfolio as suggested by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leaders.

"We will need two to three days to decide our strategy after the presidential elections," Herath told Elmo Fernando of BBC Sandeshaya.

JVP boycott

The new cabinet of ministers is expected to be sworn-in on Tuesday.

But the former minister said the JVP will have to boycott the swearing-in ceremony, if it is held on Tuesday.

 Our priority was to win the presidential elections. But a new political situation is emerging now
 
Vijitha Herath

The SLFP leaders have invited JVP propaganda secretary Wimal Weerawansa to accept Media portfolio, former minister Jeyaraj Fernandopullai told bbcsinhala.com on Sunday.

A new political situation is emerging in Sri Lanka, Vijitha Herath said, after the elections.

"Our priority was to win the presidential elections. But there is a new political situation emerging now."

Herath did not elaborate on what he meant by the "new situation."

He added that the party has not change its decision to be an "independent opposition" group in the parliament.

The JVP left President Chandrika Kumaratunga-led government in June this year opposing a deal to share tsunami relief aid with the Tamil Tigers.

 
 
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