Muslim Ministers who quit in protest return to fold
Four Muslim Government MPs who resigned from their Cabinet, State and Deputy Minister portfolios in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings and the communal violence that followed were sworn back into their previously held positions yesterday (29).
The President’s Media Division announced that MP Rauf Hakeem was reappointed Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education, while MP Rishad Bathiudeen was sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena as Minister of Industry & Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons and Co-operative Development and Vocational Training & Skills Development.
MPs Ameer Ali and Abdullah Maharoof were reappointed State Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Economic Affairs and Deputy Minister of Ports and Shipping respectively.
Meanwhile, United National Party (UNP) Matara District MP Buddhika Pathirana has also been appointed State Minister of Industry & Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons and Co-operative Development and Vocational Training & Skills Development.
Ministers Kabir Hashim and M. H. A. Haleem, who were also among the resignees, have already resumed their portfolios.
The Muslim Ministers had handed over their letters of resignations to President Sirisena on 3 June to facilitate ongoing investigations into allegations made against Muslim political leaders in their ranks as well as to ensure peace and coexistence in the country in the aftermath of the anti-Muslim violence.