President should decide: JO

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President Maithripala Sirisena should decide on Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake in the face of corruption allegations against him, the Joint Opposition said today.

Addressing a press conference on behalf of the Joint Opposition, former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said it the President who had the power to appoint Ministers and assign subjects to them.

He said that it was the President who transferred Mr. Karunanayake from the Finance Ministry to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

“This is something to do with the standards of credibility of his Foreign Affairs Minister. He is the interface between the Government and the international community,” he said.

He said it was absurd for the Minister to deny any knowledge of his landlord and added that this could be regarded as an issue of trust.

Meanwhile, MP Udaya Gammanpila challenged the Government to bring in a No-Confidence Motion against Mr. Karunanayake considering the Parliamentarians as individual votes.

He said that the establishment of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on the controversial Central Bank bond issue could be considered as an outcome of the struggle carried out by the Joint Opposition for two years in protest against the alleged scam. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

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  • Dr. A.C.B. Jayaweera Friday, 04 August 2017 05:02 AM

    Yes this time, Hon. President should decide to send Ravi home as it is a disgrace having a corrupted man as a Foreign Minister.

    Shaon Friday, 04 August 2017 09:26 AM

    Yes, the government maintained boarding (home) house

    dhan Saturday, 05 August 2017 06:22 AM

    and, suffering with dementia

    Aladeniya Kirimathaya Friday, 04 August 2017 05:04 AM

    With all these allegations, it is better Ravi tenders his resignation, no other alternative.

    Bystander Friday, 04 August 2017 10:17 AM

    He should save embarrassing everyone by doing the RIGHT THINg and standing down until the inquiry is over! But then is he capavble of dong the correct thing! Ne does not seem to have learned and does not know to depart!!

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 04 August 2017 05:05 AM

    Ravi earlier played out Sathosa, he being as a Foreign Minister is absurd and the President should regret for his wrong thinking appointing a culprit to an important ministerial.

    Yeti Friday, 04 August 2017 08:11 AM

    So Ravi was throwing stones from his glass apartment all this time. eh?Everything points to him being guilty an he should resign gracefully instead of briinging his govt. to further disrepute!

    Ajja Friday, 04 August 2017 08:28 AM

    We are with you His Excellency. Send this rouge home and punish him.if not your credibility is on the run and people will loose faith.

    Dp Friday, 04 August 2017 10:53 AM

    The president holds all the trumps, will he will grin and play a joker as usual.

    R J Das Friday, 04 August 2017 08:45 AM

    This is a question of Integrity of YAHAPALANA govt. They should show to people and get minister to resign beforethey loose the entire govt.RW lost all he earned in the last 40 years in one year.!

    Ganesh Friday, 04 August 2017 10:13 AM

    How can he be a foreign minister of a country which is earning the good will of the international community after the bad human rights reputation ? Whether he is guilty or not , but his image as a former finance minister and the dismissal of that portfolio has been clear demonstration prima facie .

    Premalal Friday, 04 August 2017 01:06 PM

    This guy has no shame man. He lies through his teeth without batting an eye lid. Have a look at the first photos of his arrival at the Pcol. He was seen cleaning his teeth may be to clear the lies which got stuck.

    ceylon Friday, 04 August 2017 11:06 AM

    first president must decide his own stupid robery rule.first he must expell himself from caabinet for doing nothing and protecting criminals. via DM Android App


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