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Thirty cabinet ministers and 40 state and deputy ministers from the UNFGG will take their oaths tomorrow, informed sources said.

Earlier the swearing in of some of the ministers had been scheduled for today. But the appointment of the new Cabinet was delayed as the two main parties -- the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) -- had been unable to agree on the selection of members and the assignation of subjects, sources said.

This issue will be further discussed between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe when they return to Colombo this evening.

According to the 19th Amendment, Cabinet has to be restricted to 30 members. But it could be increased if a national government is set up with the approval of parliament.

Ministers from the SLFP will be sworn in after parliament meets on September 1. The swearing-in of ministers has to be completed within two weeks of the first parliamentary session.

The UNP is reportedly insisting that all SLFP MPs join the national unity government if its members are to be given ministerial posts. The party has taken up that position because a section of the SLFP is opposed to the national unity government concept.

A senior UNPer, who wished to remain anonymous, said his party was ready to offer even 16 ministries to the SLFP to form a national unity government.

“We do not want a section of the SLFP to join the government and another section to remain in the opposition. We want the entire party to support the government. Otherwise, we will look to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for support,” he said.(Kelum Bandara)

The UNP is planning a different set of ministries to those of the previous six- month-duration government. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • Neil Monday, 24 August 2015 08:55 PM

    While getting together to form a cabinet of ministers to develop the country,the ministers who become part of the cabinet representing UPFA/SLFP should refrain from criticizing the President, Prime Minister and the other ministers while remaining as a cabinet member. If they do, they should be removed from the cabinet immediately. This was seen happening during the short yahapalanaya administration where ministers walk out of cabinet meetings and criticize the President and Prime Minister and other cabinet colleagues.

    jayabhaskar narayanan Monday, 24 August 2015 12:05 PM

    ...hope country will get a fruitful solution to the minorities !

    TONY Monday, 24 August 2015 10:53 PM

    WHATEVER THESE TWO PARTIES DECIDE, THEY SHOULD NOT STOP INVESTIGATIONS INTO CORRUPTION CHARGES OF FORMER MINISTERS. IF NOT THE PEOPLE WILL BE DISAPPOINTED

    daya weerasinghe Monday, 24 August 2015 10:53 PM

    with defeated politicians in the parliament !!,those politicians are rejected by the people,they lost it. They shouldn`t be in the parliament........and they call it "Good Governance"...what a load of crap....it`s kind like the same old crap with different names. Rjapaksa and his goons gone and here comes the new goons and their masters...!!

    Ursula Monday, 24 August 2015 01:06 PM

    TNA assured that they will begin the opposition andblook after the interest of the govt

    Ram Monday, 24 August 2015 10:22 AM

    Why only 70. Make all mps as ministers. We the public ready to bear all exp. For min. And their wifes. Keeps and relatived.

    Waco Monday, 24 August 2015 10:27 AM

    If TNA joins the UNP/Government ,that will be better.

    SS Tuesday, 25 August 2015 05:16 PM

    Be prepared to be disappointed Tony

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 24 August 2015 11:01 AM

    Satisfying everybody is no mean task, so will be the aspirations of the general public.


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