President short-circuits PM's CCEM

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At yesterday's Cabinet meeting, President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have rebuffed the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and stressed the need for centralized decision-making on economic matters.

The CCEM takes decisions on economic matters and meets every week.

The President’s criticism came in the wake of his statement that he would take over control of economic affairs and for this purpose, he had already set up the National Economic Council.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister had reportedly countered the President amid ministers caught up in heated arguments. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Gune Wednesday, 28 February 2018 07:59 AM

    A desperate President who lost the election for the SLFP is shooting all over. He is sounding like the the Donald Trump of Sri Lanka.

    Jaliya Wednesday, 28 February 2018 09:28 AM

    Don't insult Trump ... No comparison.

    Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:33 AM

    මණ්ඩලෙ කචල් වගේ.

    Premalal Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:44 AM

    Donald Trump is a great leader who passionately believes in the well being of his nation whereas out lot is only interested in the next deal and perpetuation of their hold on power.

    Justica USA Wednesday, 28 February 2018 08:01 AM

    MS is starting to take bold decisions..3 years he was holding a ceremonial posting, inactuve..niw he pressures RW..a good thing.It was MS's life that was at risk on 8th Jan, not Ranils...Had he lost he would have faced the same consequences that SF daced or even gone 6 feet under.IF MS don't take action now, revenge is what he will face in 2 years. RW will have the last laugh coz he's been more comfortable being the opposition leader, with all perks ..MS must make a bold decision n make SF the minister of law n order in order

    Kumara Dharmarathne Wednesday, 28 February 2018 08:19 AM

    After three years of marriage,husband and wife have started quarreling almost every day. They have totally forgotten that their children watching this and they are now almost worried and they are clueless as to what they should do. They are of the opinion that either father or the mother should run home alone or they should get together,discuss together and run home as they did at the beginning. If the children didn't advice them seriously,they will definitely have to witness a shameful divorce.

    Dil Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:24 PM

    After 3 yrs of marriage, it is very clear that chidren were born to wrong parents. It is time that a different person adopt the children as adopted kids. That is what the children already said on Feb 10th, 2018.

    PC Wednesday, 28 February 2018 08:31 AM

    Atleast the PM is knowledgeable in economic management. The other clown is just trying to enforce control that he doesnt have!

    ransam Wednesday, 28 February 2018 08:59 AM

    Yes PM is very knowledgeable in economic management. Rupee is appreciating, 800,000 jobs created. Investments like Woxvagan are thriving, Central bank is thriving etc.

    Harry Wednesday, 28 February 2018 09:20 AM

    PC - You shit, we saw his 01st Job after taking the government with the Bond Scam? What the hell he had done to the country so far???

    Libtard Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:46 AM

    @PCReally? Do they teach economic management in Royal college?

    PC Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:48 AM

    Harry, careful you are probably wallowing in yours!

    PC Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:35 AM

    LIBTARD let alone Economic management, they dont even seem to teach correct English from where you come from. Nothing is taught 'in' its taught 'at' Haha

    Libtard Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:42 PM

    @PC you are right. 99% of this country are not taught correct English. While the other 1% knows only English including Ranil.

    Sunil perera Wednesday, 28 February 2018 08:37 AM

    President is right in the context that parachuters of the likes of Paskaralingam, Charitha Ratwatte , Jehan Amaratunga ( Walkers) and Malik Samarawikrema cannot be allowed to make decisions of national interest over ruling elected ministers and ministry bureacrats.The PM also has a habit of fingering into all ministries using ths structure.It’s a shame to see how the entire finance ministry minor staff and officers get into a frenzy Bowing into two and almost worshipping Paskaralingam on his arrival at office

    BV Wednesday, 28 February 2018 09:03 AM

    At least now wake up Mr.President and do away with this Colombo school old boys union who tries to manage our economy.

    Dhammika Wednesday, 28 February 2018 09:29 AM

    This is a direct signal to PM RW that he is not trusted anymore . RW time to resign as PM and LEADER of the UNP as you are no more acceptable among the masses of this country.Specially how you handled the bond issue and you could not apply justice and punish the looters is our main concern.

    Raj M Wednesday, 28 February 2018 09:35 AM

    Why are you unnecessarily attacking Paskaralingam? Just because he is quiet and doesn't court media attention he is fair game? Do you know what he has done for this country over a career spanning several decades? The BOI, the UDA, the RDA, even the current Parliament building were all his implementation and planning. He works now even without a salary. Go ask the Treasury and they will confirm this. The LTTE were totally against him because he helped keep the economy going during the Premadasa era and building houses for the Sinhalese poor. He has given his entire working life to this country.

    PM's s committees ! Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:18 AM

    PM is famous to appoint committees as delay tactics. - Wait and see what happens for law and order.

    PC Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:30 AM

    Most here are writing against RW. Please let us know which current politician is best to replace him

    Nish Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:10 AM

    He is just a lawyer. There are 100s of lawyers in the current parliament. and there are plenty of economists outside of the parliament. What is special about Ranil?

    Premalal Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:48 AM

    If your measure of the effectiveness of RW is the non availability of an alternative then I can understand the sorry state of our country and the UNP. The UNP should be ashamed to say that RW is the only leader they can offer to the country.

    PC Wednesday, 28 February 2018 02:45 PM

    Just name his replacement without writing nonsense.

    Ad Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:34 AM

    This is what happens when power to govern is conferred in Politicians. What does grama niladari know about economics? What policy would lawyers draft for economic prosperity? Cabinet is a mad house.

    Liberal One Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:48 AM

    Atlast. It was pathetic to see a handful of a old boy union gang with no economics education but who think they know everything running the whole country. 20 million suffered because of this old boy union gang.

    Aliya Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:04 PM

    Who is the king?

    madhawa Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:29 PM

    Both of them will have better career as comedy entertainers for the gallery

    Sincere Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:32 PM

    They are fighting and we are sinking!

    Chari Wednesday, 28 February 2018 02:46 PM

    No point going on like this. Such a joke. Please agree together and hold a General Election and let the People Elect a stable Government.

    Lion Wednesday, 28 February 2018 02:59 PM

    What economic strategies with a man who changes his word and principle in every minute.

    Waco Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:11 PM

    Country is going from bad to worst day by day. People must get these two to resign, purely in the first nterested of the Country.

    Rasika Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:14 PM

    Too Late for Every thing .

    Tiru Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:32 PM

    Wenasa Sapai dannam. This is a good lesson for us.


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