Sri Lanka’s politically appointed directors defy Ranil

ECONOMYNEXT – Dozens of politically-appointed directors of state enterprises have ignored repeated calls by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to resign and allow the reconstitution of boards.

An official source said the Prime Minister’s office had summoned 160 directors of state enterprise to a meeting at Temple Tress today, but less than 50 had even turned up and only one agreed to step down.

"A few months ago, they were asked to resign so that Minister Kabir Hashim can reconstitute boards of institutions coming under his ministry," an official source said. "But they are refusing."

The defiant directors have argued that they were appointed by the secretary to the treasury and will not budge unless removed by him.

The appointments had been made when Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake was in charge of these institutions before the August parliamentary elections.

The latest snub to Prime Minister Wickremesinghe by his own directors underscored mounting problems within the national unity government. (COLOMBO, January 18, 2016)

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