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The number of members in the Cabinet might have to be increased a little more than 30 if the need arises, UNP MP Nalin Bandara Jayamaha said today.

Mr Jayamaha told a press conference that the number of members in the Cabinet might have to be increased slightly though every effort was made to confine it to 30 members.

“We will try our utmost to limit the number of Cabinet Ministers to 30 but we might have to increase it if the need arises. However, some of the UNPers are ready to sacrifice ministerial portfolios and work for the people,” Mr Jayamaha said.

He said the UNP would hand-pick SLFPers who were willing to join the Government.

“We in the UNP has decided that certain SLFPers should not be invited to the Government and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured the UNP Parliamentary Group that he would accept SLFPers only with their approval,” he added.

“We believe that we can carry on with a simple majority like Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga did in 1994 with a razor-thin majority,” he also said.

Asked whether MP Ravi Karunanayake would be given a ministerial portfolio, he said there was a possibility as the Attorney General had cleared him.

UNP MP Mujibur Rahman said his party could not agree with everything President Maithripala Sirisena said in his speech.

“The only allegation which Prime Minister Wickremesinghe faced was the CB bond issue affair but President himself appointed a Commission on it and it had not held Mr Wickremesinghe responsible for it,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 9

  • Borat Monday, 17 December 2018 07:29 PM

    Here we go again . A twist to straight forward requirement. Don’t bend any rules as we are watching

    aa Monday, 17 December 2018 07:35 PM

    doing exactly according to the constitution. wow.

    Shan Monday, 17 December 2018 07:38 PM

    Need should be not to increase, but to decrease this number.

    naradha Monday, 17 December 2018 08:04 PM

    Yes sir. We, the poor public are much obliged to pay taxes for your maintenance.

    Public Monday, 17 December 2018 08:16 PM

    This is absurd, portfolios should be given on the basis of service requirement. It's like hiring 10 people for a job when you only need 2 citing the need to create jobs. This is exactly what destroys the economy and then nobody has any jobs. If you can't form a functional cabinet, go for elections, keep going for elections until you can form a cabinet, I'd rather spend money on an election than a minister. No one gets a free lunch.

    nsathees Monday, 17 December 2018 08:16 PM

    Cabinet should be at the size to get the job done, not to accommodate Misters and share the perks!

    Vernon Monday, 17 December 2018 09:13 PM

    There is absolutely no need for the country to have more than 30. That is why it is in the constitution. If you are increasing it is purely for fro some private gain, and not for the gain of the country. Re RK, although AG has cleared him, we have not cleared him. You cannot trust even the AG as what he vehemently submitted to supreme courts was rejected unanimously by the 7 member bench.

    Vernon Monday, 17 December 2018 09:19 PM

    There is absolutely no need to increase more than 30. If so done, it is not for the benefit of the country, but for the benefit of the party or an individual. Even though AG has cleared RK, we have not cleared him. We cannot trust even the AG as what he vehemently presented to supreme court, was rejected unanimously by 7 member bench.

    Upul Monday, 17 December 2018 09:41 PM

    Why do you need even 30 cabinet members in a tiny country like Srilanka? This nonsense should be stopped. Please do not forget that people appointed you to serve the public not yourselves.

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