Sri Lanka to re-shuffle cabinet; bid to remove SLFP ministers: UNP minister

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition will go for a cabinet re-shuffle and the United National Party is pushing for ministers who voted against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a no trust vote to be removed, education minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam had said.

A cabinet re-shuffle is likely to take place before April 14, he said.

A UNP delegation led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had met President Maithripala Sirisena Saturday and informed him to remove SLFP ministers who voted for the no confidence motion to be removed.

President had respondent that it will be a decision of the SLFP central committee. The central committee will also have to decide on the future of the coalition government, president had said.

At meeting with media heads last week President Sirisena had said he had not pushed SLFP ministers to support the no-confidence bid.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had earlier halted a no-confidence motions against the ministers by several UNP members.

The UNP as part of re-organization had also appointed a ‘leadership committee’.

Navin Dissanayake, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Harin Fernando, Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Mangala Samaraweera, Ajith Perera, Eran Wickremeratne, J C Alawathuwala, Ruwan Wijewardene, Gayantha Karunathilale, Nailn Bandara and Asoka Priyantha are in the committee.

Deputy Leaders Sajith Premadasa and Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake will be ex-officio members.

The committee will decide on a new general secretary and other posts, Kariyawasam said. (Colombo/Apri09/2018)





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