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Sri Lanka’s Law and Order minister ready to quit

By Our Political Correspondent

Jul 06, 2017 19:10 PM GMT+0530 | 2 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka’s Law and Order minister Sagala Ratnayaka, who faced criticism over a spate of failures,  announced Thursday that he was ready to go if President Maithripala Sirisena was unhappy with his performance.

Ratnayaka, who is also the chief of staff in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s office, defended himself in the face of severe criticism during Tuesday’s cabinet meeting where President Sirisena had suggested that he should be relieved of his portfolio.

“I have given 100 percent to discharge the responsibilities assigned to me,” the minister said in a statement. “If the current responsibility is taken away and I am given a different responsibility, I will give 100 percent to that too.”

He said he had never influenced law enforcement agencies and allowed the police to function without any hindrance.

“The government expected those law enforcement agencies to function independently,” he said. “If the work of such organizations require review, I am prepared to put in a place a better mechanism for it.”

Political sources said President Sirisena had pitched into his UNP-led government accusing it of delaying investigations into high profile crimes committed during the former regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa.
(COLOMBO, July 6, 2017)

 


 

2 Comments

  1. Dhammika July 07, 01:27 AM

    Sagala , you may be honest but your political party the UNP is getting highly unpopular with its globe trotting royalistic leader.All bribery , corruption , murder cases should be given a time frame . IE 6 months or 1 year to deliver the verdict . Almost 2 years in power has the present government finalised and concluded any cases . NONE .So the UNP is in deep trouble . This was not the way how JRJ , RP led the UNP .

  2. renu July 07, 01:05 AM

    This is w3hat everybody who voted to bring this Government to power. We cannot allow Rajapakse family tro get out scot free

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