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The Home Affairs Ministry today confirmed that the government will not declare December 30 as a national day of mourning for former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake.

The government previously declared December 31 and then December 30, as a national day of mourning as a mark of respect for the late premier who passed away yesterday at a private hospital in Colombo.

Ministry spokesman Asanga Jayalath said that plans were underway to present a cabinet paper declaring a day of mourning but the decision was later suspended.

However, President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed that the funeral to be held under state sponsorship.

The funeral of the former premier is scheduled to be held in Horana on December 31.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • ceylon Wednesday, 28 December 2016 03:27 PM

    finaly its a good decision.however what a mess created by these decision makers.shame on you. via DM Android App

    raj Wednesday, 28 December 2016 03:35 PM

    Yes , no, yes, no - story of yahapalanya from the 100 day plan to volkswagon plant to thr budget to the fine to the Christmas tree and now this...unable to make a decision..

    Iqbal Thursday, 29 December 2016 03:07 PM

    Respect him since he is a human being, not to his portfolios because they are paid with to do a job by the people

    Cricy Wednesday, 28 December 2016 05:35 PM

    You sure they will hold a funeral?

    Gmaay Wednesday, 28 December 2016 10:18 PM

    How much do we spend just on state funerals? This practice must stop with some benevolant leader ending this practice by declining this for his own funeral, whenever that may be.

    Nuwan Thursday, 29 December 2016 04:50 AM

    A country that can't make a firm decision on a national day of mourning ! No wonder the investors are running away with their money. (May be all Provincial Councils have to vote before the PM can declare it a day of mourning).

    Manek Thursday, 29 December 2016 05:38 AM

    It is better to change decisions rather than murdering, robbing and corruption.

    Laljee/Qatar Thursday, 29 December 2016 05:51 AM

    Inability take firm decision's are a common thing for this government.Morning the UNP tells something and the same evening the president come in front of the T.V and vito it. This has caused much embarrassment to the Late premier and his family.God bless the country for the balance three years in power.

    Sharon Thursday, 29 December 2016 06:22 AM

    What a set of Jokers. How can they develop this country if they cant make such a simple decision Shame on you MS and RW. via DM iOS App

    Henry Thursday, 29 December 2016 07:02 AM

    Would this become a president for all PMs in future? When this revenges will disappear? Shame on you!


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