The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) bigwigs have already made it
clear that they will back the Executive Presidency - the system they
kept demonising for 17 years when the party was in opposition.
There they were, members of the Joint Opposition (or, followers of
Mahinda Rajapaksa, without him of course or his brethren), in a
public protest on a boulevard in the heart of the city of Colombo.
The Western Province which has the dubious distinction of heading the
list of dengue-hit regions , last month showed a slight decline in the
accumulated cases ( 46.74%). Nonetheless, the numbers of suspected cases
in June are worrying, health officials said. For example, according to
the Epidemiology Unit, the Colombo Municipality area this June recorded
a spike of 379 compared to 154 suspected cases in May. With a parallel
increase in other areas in Colombo, the score now stands at 414 at June
end compared to 229 in May in the CMC metropolis.