Mangala to retain Sri Lanka finance ministry

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s new cabinet is expected to be sworn in Thursday with Mangala Samaraweera retaining the finance and media portfolio in a 30-member cabinet.

Official sources said there was serious wrangling with President Maithripala before Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe could get his list of 30 approved.

There was intense speculation about the law and order ministry with Sirisena insisting that he wanted to retain the subject of the police department under the defence ministry which he controls.

Several ministers of the National Unity Government were being dropped to meet the constitutional requirement of limiting cabinet posts to 30.

Earlier in the week Malik Samarawickrema, Rishad Bathiudeen and Mano Ganeshan had offered to stay out to allow Wickremesinghe to name a scaled down cabinet. (COLOMBO, December 19, 2018)

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