Reginald appointed Northern Governor


Former UPFA Minister Reginald Cooray was appointed the Governor of the Northern Province yesterday.

Cooray was Chief Minister of the Western Province twice. He succeeds former senior diplomat H. M. G. S. Palihakkara, who requested the President to relieve him of gubernatorial responsibilities at the conclusion of his term.

Cooray was Minister of Minor Export Crops Promotion during the Rajapaksa government. He switched his allegiance to Maithripala Sirisena at the Jan. 8, 2015 President election.

Cooray did not contest the subsequent parliamentary elections in August 2015, saying that he lacked the financial resources for campaigning.

The TNA has welcomed the appointment of Cooray. "He would be an appropriate choice; he has very liberal views," TNA chief R. Sampanthan told media when Cooray was tipped to be appointed to the post.

The Minister of National Coexistence, Mano Ganeshan, said that Cooray was a staunch leftist and liberal, having been with Vijaya Kumaratunga’s Sri Lanka Mahajana Pakshaya (SLMP). "He understands the Tamil question," Ganeshan said. Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said that though a Sinhalese, Cooray could speak Tamil well.

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