Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday for UNP-led Govt.

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A Cabinet reshuffle is set to take place on Wednesday (21) as a fore-runner to a new government headed by the United National Party (UNP), it is learnt.

The decision was taken after a meeting that took place on Sunday (18) between President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

The new government will have Mr. Wickremesinghe as its leader. Many ministers representing the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) would join hands with the UNP to run this government, while several MPs from the UPFA are due to sit in the opposition as a mark of protest.

Mr. Wickremesinghe had briefed the Cabinet ministers representing the UNP about later in the evening.(Kelum Bandara)

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  • Park Monday, 19 February 2018 06:55 AM

    If UNP forms a Government, then there should be only 30 cabinet ministers. If PM does this he will immediately gain respect of the voters.

    mwta Monday, 19 February 2018 09:44 AM

    Cabinet cannot be reduced to 28 under the UNP govt as the balance will then shift to the opposition.

    AshyD Monday, 19 February 2018 11:17 AM

    Form a govt only with the UNP, limit the cabinet to 30. The UNP is sure to regain its popularity.

    surath Monday, 19 February 2018 06:58 AM

    Ranil Wickremasinghe Please make sure That Sarath Fonseka is the law and order and Police Minister we know very well that you look after the interest Of Mahendra Rajapaksa,you would prefer some one in the UPFA to be the police Minister that will be end of your Reign,you have done so much damage to the Decent UNP voter,you had been corrupt with Sagala Rathnayake and met mahendra Rajapaksa in asingapore Hotel,we will provide photos on FB make sure you do the right and decent thing with the Party,you have lost 30 years of rule with no victory,people know you well

    fareed Tuesday, 20 February 2018 01:48 PM

    You are imagining things.

    Refaideen Monday, 19 February 2018 07:14 AM

    What a power hungry

    Citizen Monday, 19 February 2018 01:38 PM

    Then Mahinda???

    ralahamy Monday, 19 February 2018 07:39 AM

    It will be great sacrifice for the UPFA ministers to quit their posts in anticipation of glorious MR come back. In LKG class we studied the story of the wolf who went behind the male goat, waiting for the testicles to fall. What a waste of public funds.

    Dhammika Wednesday, 21 February 2018 05:56 AM

    RALAHAMY - Mahinda you say is GLORIOUS . You are mistaken MR is GORIOUS .

    Janathawa Monday, 19 February 2018 07:50 AM

    Jolly good. Either show what the UNP can do or go home if they loose at the next general election! As we are aware, RW does not hang on to anybodies' coat tails or saree potas!!!!

    Jude Monday, 19 February 2018 08:50 AM

    Hey if UNP led government wants to make an Bold Statement, just appoint 20 ministers and another 20 deputies!!! That kind of move Will create a buzz that will bring a legion of Voters for the new government at the next general elections!!!??

    Jemma Monday, 19 February 2018 08:58 AM

    Hard to imagine one man single handily could create so much damage and unstable a government. its almost impossible to defeat this guy Rajapaksa.

    Vipin Baby Monday, 19 February 2018 09:00 AM

    First decide who runs the government. It is not clear right now who is exactly accountable for the problems in the country. Is this a parliament (PM) led democracy or an executive president led administration? We seem to have a hybrid model right now. We cannot have 2 leaders running the country.Having sorted that out, focus on following 5 points:1.Bring the cost of living down. Uplift domestic industries and promote new jobs.2.End corruption and hold the fraudsters of current and previous governments accountable. For this, Ranil need to adopt some leadership skills.3.Get rid of the incompetent and thug ministers – establish qualification criteria to enter into politics. Reduce the number of ministries to 10-12 and cut the bureaucracy. Give the ministers clear development targets, monitor them monthly, and fire those not achieving them.4.Speed-up development of roads, IT infrastructure, schools, universities, housing, hospitals, and rural areas.

    Ali Baba Monday, 19 February 2018 09:44 AM

    Whoever the leader,Govt. run by LOANS...

    Asan Monday, 19 February 2018 09:19 AM

    Worst President ever ruled Sri Lanka

    Rasheed Monday, 19 February 2018 09:57 AM

    Same face but just change in portfolio. RW has his own MPs who are loyal to him.

    Good Governer Monday, 19 February 2018 10:16 AM

    Everything for good,let pray for the brighter Sri Lanka,please stop leg pulling work in order to survive.Work for the masses,strictly keep the law and order build upthe villages fill all the comforts. Let them lead a pleasant life.

    Wesley Moses Monday, 19 February 2018 11:17 AM

    It's a good move .. Don't give in to this thugs including some UNP MPS ...

    Wesley Moses Monday, 19 February 2018 11:20 AM

    Unsuitable President...

    sach Monday, 19 February 2018 11:31 AM

    worst gov ever, we need elections and put a stable gov in place

    Gamarala Monday, 19 February 2018 11:33 AM

    Do away with duty free car permits, Rs.100,000/- per month i.e.Rs.1,200,000/- per year to maintain offices, pension after 5 years, despite imposing various taxes on the people and public sector employees pensionable after 20 years. This should be a govt. for the people not a govt. for the politicians by the politicians.

    Satan Monday, 19 February 2018 11:33 AM

    Karma has befallen Sri Lanka due to all the evil deeds of the people.

    Monica Monday, 19 February 2018 11:34 AM

    Select not on seniority but on merit/capabilities, please

    ananda Monday, 19 February 2018 02:50 PM

    This is a leader who has no self respect & who was discarded by the people 30 times. He need to understand that no one is indispensable. Enough is enough. via DM Android App

    W.G.D.KUMARASINGHE Monday, 19 February 2018 06:57 PM

    As long as we have set of idiotic voters in the country, Cunning politicians like MR can deceive them and come back to power. God has to save our country from those robbers.

    Asoka Thursday, 22 February 2018 08:57 AM

    Have your own cabinet cader. First get the country of this dire straits. Help 100% private entrepreuners to increase jobs. Concentrate on envioronment garbagePollution etc. Ethnic problem is a curse to the countryStand firm on the issue. Consequently other matters will improve.

    Rasheed Thursday, 22 February 2018 11:25 AM

    Same set of ministers but different portfolio.

    Ozman Saturday, 24 February 2018 09:13 PM

    How about Finance , law and order to RK. Good governance will continue


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