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Don't change UNP portfolios: Ranil tells MS, CBK

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Amid speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle, UNP sources said yesterday party leader and Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe had informed President Maithripala Sirisena and former president Chandrika Kumaratunga that the portfolios assigned to the UNP should not be changed.

In such a scenario, any reshuffle, will only apply to portfolios held by Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members. According to media reports the UNP MPs Bandulalal Bandarigoda and Asoka Priyanatha have expressed views opposing any reshuffling of portfolios currently assigned to the UNP.

Sources said, the UNP leader had at his meeting with the President and the former president highlighted the need to give ample time to the ministers to produce results. He is reported to have said a reshuffle could be considered six months later if necessary.

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution states that it is mandatory for the President to consult the Prime Minister when appointing Cabinet ministers. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 15

  • Shelly. Friday, 19 May 2017 06:58 AM

    Thanks PM. Not behalf of your PARTY. But behalf of my beloved Country. Let Mahinda stooges leave if they are unhappy. via DM Android App

    B S Perera Friday, 19 May 2017 07:59 AM

    PM has a point. Because changes has to be done with portfolios of his own and two or three of his closest associates. Sadly, UNP is unable to feel the pulse of the people and realise its own weaknesses

    Sara Friday, 19 May 2017 08:09 AM

    MS is just wasting his time and words over some thing he could never do.

    SACKED Friday, 19 May 2017 08:14 AM

    "In the end we are all sacked and it's always awful. It is as inevitable as death following life. If you are elevated there comes a day when you are demoted. Even Prime Ministers." Alan Clark -- Alan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark (13 April 1928 – 5 September 1999) was a British Conservative Member of Parliament (MP), author and diarist

    sathees Friday, 19 May 2017 08:22 AM

    The whole Cabinet reshuffle is about UNP MPs. Otherwise its no point.

    Burt Friday, 19 May 2017 08:24 AM

    UNP can say what it wants but all most everyone in Sri Lanka knows that the Justice Ministry needs a better person that is not corrupted, principled, competent and with a backbone.

    ceylon Friday, 19 May 2017 08:43 AM

    unp won government is under slfp.most slfp ministers are theives and thugs.most skillfull unp minds are powerless deputy ministers.whats going on . via DM Android App

    Ganesh Friday, 19 May 2017 09:29 AM

    Yes Justice ministry should be changed since he seems to have pricked the child and rocked the cradle just as much as tacitly encouraging BBS to stir racism .

    JAN Friday, 19 May 2017 09:39 AM

    MS change FM specially and others who has not shown Responsibility and performance MS Majority peoples 85% With you Go ahead of your plan via DM Android App

    Shiwa Friday, 19 May 2017 09:55 AM

    Don't forget unless MS did not contest as common candidate, UNP would have remained in the opposition. if RW had confidence he should have contested but he did not. why was that?

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 19 May 2017 10:09 AM

    Mr. Prime Minister, the President want to reshuffle the cabinet to get rid of the many deadwood sitting in high chairs. It so appears that you are trying to protect the deadwood in the UNP. Remove your Law and Order Minister immediately. He is good for nothing.

    Missaka Friday, 19 May 2017 10:18 AM

    Joker President!!!

    sach Friday, 19 May 2017 10:46 AM

    who did the biggest scandal in this government? CB bonds?

    Citizen Friday, 19 May 2017 03:54 PM

    Another attempt to hide the Bond Scam

    Hiran Friday, 19 May 2017 04:07 PM

    Rather than accepting Ranils recommendations MS should sit down and have a frank discussion with PM as to the efficiency of these cabinet ministers and make changes if necessary to achieve better results.

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