Sri Lanka president likely to sack Ravi over bond probe revelations

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is likely to sack Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake if he does not resign over revelations of seeming impropriety at a Presidential Commission of Inquiry, a government minister hinted on Tuesday.

State Minister of Public Enterprise Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said President Sirisena is likely to take a decision on Karunanayake, who was finance minister before a recent cabinet reshuffle, within the next two weeks.
Media reports that President Sirisena had asked Karunanayake to step down, which the latter had rejected, are likely to be true, Abeywardena told a news conference. Abeywardena said a no confidence motion had been brought against Ravi Karunanayake in parliament, and that he expects decisions to be taken by those involved before it is taken up.

“Those involved should take the right decisions. If not, the president will take action like he removed the Central Bank governor. It will be a decision the people expect,” he said, referring to th removal of Arjuna Mahendran from the Central Bank after an alleged bond scam involving his son-in-law was exposed.

“The commission of inquiry has exposed how politicians behave,” Abeywardena said. “This is a good lesson for them to maintain their honour.

“There is no need for a no confidence motion if people have confidence in the person. It means those involved should resign. It does not mean they are guilty. If found innocent, they can always come back.” (COLOMBO, August 08, 2017)

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