Cabinet approves retirement benefits for Prez

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The Cabinet is reported to have approved retirement benefits for President Maithripala Sirisena, his security arrangements by the Special Task Force (STF) and the other facilities provided to the former heads of State.

He is expected to retire no sooner the new president is sworn in on the day after the presidential election on November 16.

Retired presidents are entitled to housing, vehicle and staff facilities. On the basis of yesterday's Cabinet decision, President Sirisena, on his retirement, will be entitled to use his official residence at Paget Road, Colombo 7.

The Cabinet memo was presented by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

Meanwhile, the decision to accord STF security to the President during retirement was based on the threat to his life over his efforts in combatting drug trafficking.

Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana suggested that former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga should also be provided STF security.

Minister Samaraweera did disagreed saying Ms. Kumaratunga had no such security threats. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Chris Wednesday, 16 October 2019 08:23 AM

    President Sirisena did a few good things, medicine price control, asbestos ban (which Russia bulldozed), kept USA guessing, ignored Indian intel, destroyed UNP over a Rs. 688m bond scam, slept with China, UNP and Now MR, toppled one govt and sacked the other. All non violently

    Sanje Wednesday, 16 October 2019 08:31 AM

    Our money wasted.

    Ranjith Wednesday, 16 October 2019 08:38 AM

    Set for life sponsord by the UNF government first Presidency thanks to UNF supporters and now by the UNF government . President didnt have any gratitude at all for support he got from the UNF supporters who elected him as president

    Jude Wednesday, 16 October 2019 08:53 AM

    DON'T like MS, however it's the right thing to do!!!

    joshua Wednesday, 16 October 2019 08:56 AM

    please take all these and go home as the SLFP is also gone with the "dogs"

    Concerned Citizen Wednesday, 16 October 2019 09:09 AM

    Crazy land, all politicos get full benefits of the system at the expense of the masses. Expect this to get a lot worse if one of the Jara Passa’s come to power.

    Ram Wednesday, 16 October 2019 10:37 AM

    House for a retired President must be removed. MS improved his house at our expense and is going to live there for life. This is not reasonable by the tax payer. At lease the new President must change this system.

    Sando Wednesday, 16 October 2019 10:59 AM

    Tax Payer's Money. Poor People are languishing. Hospital's are absolute Hell Holes.......

    Colombo Man Wednesday, 16 October 2019 03:06 PM

    Vote for GOTA, all will get all holes bored. Colombo Man

    hoodwinker Wednesday, 16 October 2019 05:05 PM

    wonder what the law says supposing he is a cabinet Minister in Gotas government, he should not get his retirement perks until he retires,


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