Jan 24, 2017

PM objects to a removal of Ravi! Featured

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has stressed to several ministers that he would never agree, if the president requested him to remove Ravi Karunanayake from the position of finance minister, say government sources.

Wickremesinghe recalled how J.R. Jayewardene did not take accusations seriously within his government against ministers Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake.

According to the PM, certain persons in the government are jealous of Karunanayake’s abilities and talents.

Several websites have reported that the president and the PM would meet to discuss the accusations against the finance minister.

President too, is reluctant

Several UNP politicians, at a meeting with the president on January 17, suggested that a powerful minister from their party should be removed, as he is accused of serious financial fraud and misuse of state property, in order to save the government of accusations.

Responding, the president said that as per his agreement with the UNP and in accordance with the 19th amendment to the constitution, it was up to the PM to decide on the subjects of the ministers.

Ravi cannot be blamed

Speaking to Sri Lanka Mirror, a senior minister said that Karunanayake might have been accused over economic affairs of the government, but that the related orders had been issued by two powerful officials close to the PM.

Also, a businessman-minister close to the PM is supplying anti-Karunanayake material to the media, he said.

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