4 months? Ha, ha, ha, says PM
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse will continue in office after August 4 (next Wednesday) despite the four-month contract given to him to hold the job by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, a spokesman for his office told The Sunday Times yesterday.

The spokesman said that events had turned in a different direction. Mr. Rajapakse was sworn in as Prime Minister on April 4, two days after the general elections.

In an interview with The Sunday Times (Please see page 8), Premier Rajapakse laughed off the question about his letter to President Kumaratunga undertaking to quit his job after four months. He gave no answer to the question.

Mr. Rajapakse was only given visiting rights to 'Temple Trees', the official residence of the Prime Minister, on the basis that the new UPFA government would implement constitutional changes that would end the executive presidency and introduce an executive prime ministership within the first four months of office.

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