May 09, 2018

UNP to get 6 more Dy. Min. posts

The UNP political bureau is expected to meet today (09) at a special meeting to discuss the awarding of deputy ministerial positions to six UNP backbenchers.

According to a backbencher of the UNP, this special meeting is scheduled to take place at the parliament complex at 3.00 this afternoon.

In addition to discussing and deciding who should receive these deputy ministerial posts, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to notify President Maithripala Sirisena of their decision. Accordingly, it is most likely that these six deputy ministers will be sworn in within this week, An UNP source added.

This source further noted that four of the deputy ministers would be selected based on seniority, while two of the positions would be decided based on how well their faired in the last elections in their respective electorates.