Consensus government’s first cabinet reshuffle today

Monday, 22 May 2017 - 8:07

Consensus Government’s first cabinet reshuffle takes place today.

President Maithripala Sirisena has informed all cabinet, state and deputy ministers to be at the Presidential Secretariat at 8.30 this morning.

Political sources said that final discussions between the President and the Prime Minister regarding the cabinet reshuffle were held last afternoon.

After the meeting, the consensus government’s ministers representing the UNP met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees at 9.30 last night.

Reports say that the discussion continued on till 10:30 .

Responding to a query by our news team a senior minister said the Prime Minister had informed all Ministers that the cabinet reshuffle would take place today.

the Prime Minister had informed the UNP Ministers that there wouldn’t be a change in the ministry posts assigned to the UNP and the SLFP.

Reports state that it is probable that the posts for the  ministry of finance and ministry of mass media  communications will be assigned to Mangala Samaraweera who had previously held the Foreign Affairs Ministry post.

political sources say that Ravi Karunaanayake will be reassigned from the ministry of finance to the Foreign Affairs Ministry post.

At the meeting held with the Prime Minister it was also proposed that Tilak Maarapana who had recently resigned from the ministry should be re-assigned a ministry.

Gayantha Karunatilleke will be assigned the ministry of  parliamentary reforms and lands.

Expressing his views to our news team UPFA general secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera also said that with the cabinet reshuffle taking place today the country would embark on a  new path, one that will be beneficial to the people.

Meanwhile a senior minister representing the SLFP said a special SLFP central committee meeting is also scheduled to be held tonight. at the presidential secretariat with President Maithripala Sirisena at the chair.  

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