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Former Premier's family declines days of mourning

The Home Affairs Ministry yesterday announced that there would be no days of national mourning on Dec 30 and 31 on the account of the demise of former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake as announced by the government earlier.

The decision to declare a day of national mourning had been changed following a request made by the family members of the former prime minister, the ministry said.

The family members have requested the government not to declare the last two days of the year as a period of mourning since it would inconvenience the public. The family members had written to the Director General of Information that the decision should be reversed, the ministry sources said.
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