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Attempts to salvage Sri Lanka’s split government

ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena has called a special cabinet meeting on Monday to try and salvage the unity government threatened with a break up over the Avant Garde arms scandal, officials said today.

Two strong Siriena loyalists – Rajitha Senaratne and Champika Ranawaka — are demanding the sacking of Law and Order Minister Tilak Marapana and Justice Minister Wijeyada Rajapakshe for going out of their way to defend Avant Garde.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who was at Thursday’s cabinet meeting when pandemonium broke out over the conduct of Marapana and Rajapakshe left the room without commenting.

Sirisena loyalists have given notice that they would move a no trust motion against Wickremesinghe if he failed to take action against the UNP duo over their statements in parliament that went against the government’s own stand.

Monday’s special cabinet meeting is expected to be decisive in deciding the future of the coalition government.

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