The Sunday Leader

President Pushes For Cabinet Reshuffle

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya

President Maithripala Sirisena has pushed for a cabinet reshuffle despite strong objections from the United National Party (UNP), sources said. Government sources said that Prime Minister and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had urged the President not to go for a cabinet reshuffle.

A cabinet reshuffle had been on the cards for several months but the move was eventually shot down as a result of differences of opinion arising between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the UNP.

The UNP had insisted that no UNP Minister should be removed or shuffled around and any changes, if at all can involve only the SLFP. The SLFP felt changing only SLFP Ministers would give the impression there was an issue in the SLFP.

However last week the SLFP had pushed for the cabinet reshuffle and the President is said to have backed the move.

The reshuffle will see some big names being moved around and merged with other Ministries. Meanwhile, cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, speaking at an event on Friday evening said that the President and Prime Minister had agreed on a cabinet reshuffle.

He said that the cabinet reshuffle will be one which is suitable for the country.

Senaratne had earlier been quoted in the media as saying there will not be a cabinet reshuffle.

However the Minister explained on Friday that what he said was there will not be a cabinet reshuffle before Vesak.

6 Comments for “President Pushes For Cabinet Reshuffle”

  1. mahinda

    What difference will it make.Only excuses amd justfication of mistakes and waste of public funds for the Honeymoon between MS and Ranil .W.

  2. Sunil

    Most of the ministers, especially those from the UNP have been performing very poorly. A cabinet reshuffle should come as soon as possible. Better still send these poor performers home.

  3. Sie.Kathieravealu

    In the interest of the country the cabinet should be smaller and more effective.The electorates of the Ministers should be should be “looked after” by an MP.

    The Minister should be “full-time Minister”. Country first, Party second and MP third, should be the policy

  4. president decision to resful the cabinet, mr Rajapaska minister of justice must remove, indian prime minister has told not opposed the new constitution, former president has a learn lesson from indian prime very good lesson talking communal, raciest mr gota and mr G.L Preies were present but they were silence ,he killed one hundred thousand tamil he must be carful rest of his live mr gota want tamil girls were rape by army ,srilanka cost of living is very high former president was cause, allow the government work with out communal

  5. singing fish

    The president should appoint ministers who work for the welfare of the people, irrespective of cast,creed or race.In the east there are some ministers who work only for their community,ministers like them should not given a chance again otherwise people will vote against the present goverment in the nearfuture.

  6. max

    One should shuffle this senaratne & Karunanayaka out of the cabinet along with some of the other seemingly & absolutely useless UNP/ SLFP ministers & Jnr Ministers whose upkeep are a big drain on this country’s ECONOMY. REDUCE This useless MEGA cabinet by at least 60 Percent and give relief to the hapless poor people who are suffering at the hands of these goon politicos This is the one and only favor Sirisena can do on behalf of this COUNTRY.

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