Feb 21, 2018

Reason for delay in cabinet reshuffle Featured

The cabinet reshuffle that was due to take place today (21) has to be put off by several days, said a spokesman for the president’s office.

He was responding to queries by Sri Lanka with regard to reports that the delay was pending the Supreme Court determination on the probability of removing the prime minister.

The spokesman declined to comment on those reports, but said the cabinet reshuffle had been postponed due to president Maithripala Sirisena’s disagreeing with the prime minister on the matter.

While stressing the need for a complete overhaul of the cabinet, the president has offered to give deputy ministerial positions for some UNP backbenchers, according to the spokesman.

He has said that there was no need to allot particular ministries for either the UNP or the SLFP.

A majority of SLFP ministers is in agreement with the president on that count.

Meanwhile, cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told the media today that it would take several days for the cabinet reshuffle to take place.

He added that there was no hurry.