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Coalition politics hold up Sri Lanka cabinet changes

2017-Apr-04 by  News Admin  

Coalition politics hold up Sri Lanka cabinet changes

The much talked about cabinet changes have been shelved due to coalition politics and once again underscoring the challenges of Sri Lanka having a dual leadership, official sources said Tuesday.

President Maithripala Sirisena had wanted to shuffle key ministers in the face of allegations of corruption, but Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's party appears to have stalled him.

There was initial speculation that the President wanted Wickremesinghe to take the finance portfolio and have a deputy minister each from the UNP and the SLFP, but that plan has been ruled out.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has reportedly denied swapping his portfolio with incumbent finance minister Ravi Karunanayake.

Labour minister John Seneviratne has publicly expressed a desire for a change in his job while Fisheries minister Mahinda Amaraweera has said he was told by the president to expect a different ministry shortly.

However, the United National Party, which helped Sirisena to come to power, had wanted more time to consider the proposed changes and now it appears that there will be no rocking of the boat, at least not in the short term.

Civil society activists who strongly backed Sirisena at the January 2015 election are also disillusioned and demanding a course correction.

Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya told a public meeting in Colombo Monday that their hopes of a good governance administration had not materialised and the government was to deliver the promised rule of law.

Good governance activists are angry that the Financial Crimes Investigations Division as well as the CID are seen as dragging their feet in completing investigations into high profile cases.

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga is also known to have summoned a powerful minister and upbraided him over his alleged role in protecting hate figures of the former regime.

Kumaratunga, an influential figure in the government, had also wanted speedy action in the on-going investigations and was concerned about the lackadaisical progress

Sources : economynext

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