May 13, 2022

Ranil will be selecting the ministers, not me – President tells former ministers!

President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has informed the former cabinet yesterday (12) that Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has been sworn in as the new Prime Minister, has the full power to elect the cabinet.

He had notified the former Cabinet members when they were called to the Presidential Palace.

The President had notified them to extend their fullest cooperation to the new Prime Minister to rebuild this country whether they receive ministerial posts or not.

Although several names had been proposed for the post of Prime Minister, he had selected Ranil Wickremesinghe, the President had said.

Ranil Wickremesinghe had also been present at this meeting and he had held discussions with the former ministers at length.

He had also said that his priority is to ensure uninterrupted supply of gas, electricity and fuel to the public, adding that he had discussed this matter with international donor agencies.