Feb 23, 2018

President’s office not ready for cabinet reshuffle

While national newspapers and other media had reported that a cabinet reshuffle will take place today, the President’s office in response to a query made by Sri Lanka Mirror, said there was no preparation for such an event.

President Maithripala Sirisena was scheduled to attend an event in Embilipitiya this morning, while in the afternoon he is scheduled to attend an event at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.

Sunday?

Under these circumstances, there is a notion that the cabinet reshuffle will take place next Sunday.

However, when we inquired from the President’s office, the officer said the President is sch3duled to attend the cremation ceremony of the late Anunayake of the Sri Lanka Ramagnna Nikaya Ven. Prof. Girambe Ananda Thera at the Anuradhapura Waliginghe Harischandra grounds tomorrow (24) and thereafter to Polonnaruwa on Sunday.

Therefore, the chances of a cabinet reshuffle on Sunday also hang in the balance.

UNP List

Meanwhile, the UNP had handed over the list of names for the cabinet reshuffle to the President, but it is reported that the President had not agreed to it.

The President’s office source added that the President had wanted capable youngsters to be given ministerial posts, while wanting ministers who are facing allegations of corruption and inactive and unproductive ministers to be removed. However, as these recommendations were not included in the UNP list, the President had reportedly rejected it.

 

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