The Cabinet reshuffle that has been getting delayed due to internal conflicts and differences of opinion, will eventually take place tomorrow (25).
It is reported that the relevant ministers have been notified of it.
According to the information received, it has been proposed that Minister Kabir Hashim be appointed as the new Highways Minister while Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella be appointed to the post of Enterprise Development Minister.
According to the nomination list handed over by the Prime Minister to the President, on the recommended new Cabinet ministerial posts the Law and Order Ministry is proposed to be handed over to Sarath Fonseka. However, the majority of the SLFP is against this proposal, according to sources at the President’s office.
It is also reported that John Amaratunge and Jayawickrama Perera have also been suggested to ministerial posts in the list.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that J.C. Alawathuwala, Naleen Bandara, Buddika Pathirana, Ajith Mannapperuma, Wijayapala Hettiarachchi, Thusitha Wijayamanna, Mujibur Rahuman and S.M.S. Marrikkar are expected to be appointed as deputy ministers.
It is also expected that minor changes are to be made in the SLFP camp as well with changes expected in the ministerial posts of Duminda Dissanayake and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa.
Certain group refusing the change:
The Island newspaper had reported that the cabinet reshuffle has become a huge crisis due to several powerful ministers expressing their disagreement over the cabinet reshuffle and shifting of certain ministries.
It is said that the cabinet reshuffle is being delayed due to the conflict between these ministers.
Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had met again last evening (23) to discuss the cabinet reshuffle once again and it is reported that they had come to a final agreement on these new appointments.
However, despite a few UNP senior ministers and an SLFP senior expressing disgruntlement over the new changes, these issues had been resolved and the cabinet reshuffle is expected to take place soon, the President’s office source further added.