President Chandrika Kumaratunga ? due to return from China tomorrow -- is reportedly unhappy about certain political developments within her own party and has summoned an emergency meeting of the policy-making SLFP central committee.
Informed sources said all central committee members had been summoned for the meeting to be held on Sunday at 4.00 pm at the President`s House.
The emergency central committee will take place two days ahead of the SLFP`s 54th general convention which is considered to be crucial regarding the endorsement of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse as the party`s presidential candidate and Anura Bandaranaike as the prime ministerial candidate.
It will also be the last party convention that Ms. Kumaratunga will attend as the President of the country.
Asked if the deadlock over the venue for talks between the government and the LTTE on reviewing the ceasefire agreement would be taken up for discussion at the convention, the sources were non-committal.
The government wants the talks on full implementation of the ceasefire agreement held in no-man`s land in Omanthai but the LTTE wants the venue to be Tiger-controlled Kilinochchi or a foreign capital like Oslo.
Meanwhile the SLFP`s manifesto for the up coming presidential election is being prepared in consultation with experts with the focus likely to be on the ethnic issue, law and order and the economy.
The committee is headed by senior Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva and the manifesto is likely to be announced soon after the nomination date is made known.Election Department officials told the Daily Mirror the gazette notification on the date of nomination was likely to be issued on Monday.