Sirisena succeeded Rajapaksa as leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party but has moved only belatedly to assert his control over the party and block his predecessor’s path back to power. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Tuesday he was unlikely to lead Sri Lanka’s next government as initial results from the general election gave a slight edge to the coalition government.“I will support good policies and oppose bad things,” the two-term president, who crushed a 26-year Tamil insurgency in 2009, told Reuters by telephone from his southern home of Hambantota. Sirisena backed the formation of a minority government led by the United National Party (UNP) after January’s election and called the early election in a bid to form a more broadly based administration joined by his own supporters in the SLFP.Initial results indicated that the UNP was likely to make gains and emerge as the largest single party, but would need outside support to form a viable government to run the Indian Ocean island of 20 million people. The 69-year-old nationalist ruled out joining a unity government that President Maithripala Sirisena, the figurehead of a broad reform coalition that toppled him at a presidential vote in January, wants to form.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAINT JOHN, N.B. – A tank at Canada’s largest oil refinery exploded Wednesday, sending one man to hospital with minor injuries.Firefighters responded following a report of an explosion at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, N.B., just before noon, fire platoon Chief Brian Wilson said.Wilson said the explosion involved an 1,100-barrel tank of potassium hydroxide, which is a caustic substance, but there was no fire. He said the injured man was blown to the ground and suffered some scrapes and bruises.“He was knocked down by the explosion,” Wilson said in an interview. “There was just the road rash and him contacting the ground that scraped him up.”Irving Oil issued a statement saying the tank was undergoing scheduled maintenance work at the time when it became “over-pressurized.”“An employee suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution,” Irving Oil said.Wilson said the potassium hydroxide did not escape from the tank during the explosion.“There’s no environmental risk because the container was not compromised,” he said.“The liquid was contained, and should it be released it goes down through their drains and their treatment systems and can be confined.”The company said there was no other damage and normal operations at the refinery resumed about 50 minutes later. It did not immediately return messages seeking comment.Wilson said Irving Oil crews were cleaning up the scene and WorkSafeNB is investigating what happened.It’s not the first time an explosion has occurred at the refinery.In March 2002, three workers were hospitalized suffering from burns following an explosion during routine maintenance.And in June 1998, one employee was killed and two others injured when an explosion rocked the facility.The refinery is the largest in Canada, producing more than 300,000 barrels of petroleum products per day. It opened in 1960. Explosion at Irving Oil refinery in New Brunswick sends man to hospital by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2012 3:49 pm MDT