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Anura's remarks upset US envoy
The United States is reported to be deeply disturbed over comments by Presidential Advisor Anura Bandaranaike that President George W. Bush had come to office after a fraudulent election.

US ambassador Ashley Wills has sent a letter to Mr. Bandaranaike after watching a video clipping and listening to the full speech made by Mr. Bandaranaike at an Ampara rally recently.

Mr. Bandaranaike's remarks about President Bush's election and his deriding comments on the Bush-Wickremesinghe summit were highlighted in the local media.

According to reports. Mr. Bandaranaike had said President Bush had won the last election by only some 800 votes and that too after an allegedly fraudulent poll. In contrast, Mr. Bandaranaike had said he himself had won by some 10,000 votes.

Mr. Bandaranaike told The Sunday Times last night he had sent a four-page strong reply to the ambassador but he would say no more.

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