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President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to swear in 28 members of the Cabinet today, government sources said yesterday.

It was reported that the UNP has sent in 36 names to the President to be appointed as Ministers and that he had struck off eight of them.

President has omitted the names of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and Palitha Range Bandara from the UNP while he had also omitted the names of A. H. M. Fowzie, Lakshman Seneviratne, Wijith Wijemuni de Soysa and Piyasena Gamage who crossed over to the government from the SLFP.

It is likely that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be sworn in as Minister of Economic Policies and Development Strategies, Mangala Samaraweera as Minister of Finance and Media, Ravi Karunanayake as Minister of Power and Energy and Sagala Ratnayake as Minister of Ports and Shipping.

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne is expected to be sworn in as Minister of Health, and Patali Champika Ranawaka as Minister of Megapolis and Western Region Development.

Meanwhile, President Sirisena had a discussion with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe at his official residence on the appointment of the new Cabinet last evening. MPs Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Ranjith Madduma Bandara and Navin Dissanayake had participated in this discussion according to informed sources. The President also met with UPFA members earlier in the day yesterday. (Ajantha Kumara Agalakada)


  Comments - 37

  • xxx Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:03 AM

    President has no moral right to take a ministry in this cabinet.

    Sri lankan Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:38 AM

    No worries , those MPs will have to wait for ONLY 1 Year after which Sira will be chased away by the public !!!

    Abey Thursday, 20 December 2018 12:11 PM

    Yes. We, 6.2 million voted you in and you have NO moral or any other right to talk MPs appointed by those who voted against you and decide how to appoint cabinet or run the country. If you say those who left UPFA must not be given appointment, then as a person who left UPFA, what right do you have to hold your office?

    Chux Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:04 AM

    Man who said repeatedly about democracy taking personnel revenge and it is very clear there will be lot of issues

    SKM Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:05 AM

    Insanity at a dangerous level

    Thomas Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:05 AM

    Siri has become a gangster now. Who is he to decide the miniters when he and UPFA has been rejected in parliament. Like a small kid retaliating based on personal grudges!

    dias Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:05 AM

    Ravi Karunanayake does not deserve to hold any portfolio.

    Mandy Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:09 AM

    But more disappointed to hear just now that Malik S again Minister of Intnl affairs etc. Will never ever vote for UNP or their nominee.

    xxx Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:14 AM

    This man is crazy. How can he omit names of the representatives of people on personal reasons?

    bill Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:20 AM

    This lunatic has struck off Range Bandara because RB has rejected his bribe offering a minister post in the rouge cabinet?

    ali Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:25 AM

    This is preposterous! This man is rejecting the MP's people have selected to represent them. All of them have the right to hold a ministerial post as well unless the courts debar them from holding any office.

    rew Thursday, 20 December 2018 11:16 AM

    Why is the UNF taking all this lightly from a man who is guilty of illegally dissolving Parliament, and appointing a fake PM. More illegal acts to come out after cases in January 2019

    ANTON Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:27 AM


    RP Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:28 AM

    Time is right to impeach the President in Parliament

    ANTON Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:30 AM


    Incorrigible; Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:30 AM

    Mr President. You are an incorrigible like a dog's tail that can't be straightened. It needs to be cut off.

    Boring Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:32 AM

    It seems that there is NO Santa !! Boring

    Lion Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:34 AM

    People don't accept you as the President any more Mr. Sirisena.

    dulan Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:34 AM

    UNP is no longer dependent on SLFP and MS and hence he should not be allowed to dictate terms

    Aj Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:37 AM

    RK back , RW's gift for democracy

    Palitha Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:38 AM

    Same Monkeys, different circus!

    ANTON Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:45 AM


    Mohamed Thursday, 20 December 2018 09:01 AM

    What economic policies RW knows. Just time pass -

    Pradeepan Thursday, 20 December 2018 09:02 AM

    The people will swear at you if you appoint RK.

    Martin Thursday, 20 December 2018 09:02 AM

    If president is going accept Ravi K, one of the biggest rogues as minister, president should be impeached.

    DHA Thursday, 20 December 2018 09:06 AM

    A big thumbs down to selection of RK and Mangala....

    Sanjeewa Thursday, 20 December 2018 09:08 AM

    Good to hear tht PM and president had held discussions.whatever the way or the content may be , it is the best professional way to deal issues. I think PM is showing signs of a matured politician. He should avoid making any defamation remarks about will make him shine and rise further.

    Raja Lindamula Thursday, 20 December 2018 09:12 AM

    Admire the courage of appointing Rajitha as Health Minister.Not because I am admirer of Rajitha, but the Principal that a Trade Union has no business to dictate who should be the Minister for their Industry.Specially in the circumstances that the Doctors have behaved as Politicians and the GMOA has shown that they are all Politicians who are only greedy for their own well being, nothing w.r.t. the very persons off whose misfortunes they are expected to earn a living, but continue to indulge instead at Tax Payers expense and without any care for the Patients who visit the Govt. Hospitals.

    tuan Thursday, 20 December 2018 09:15 AM

    Fonseka - Minister of Defence. He is the specialist. Why can't President handover it to him.

    TONY Thursday, 20 December 2018 09:20 AM


    rajinda Thursday, 20 December 2018 09:59 AM

    This is a critical situation. Should only have proceeded to swear in, after establishing the fact that the president has no say, or a constitutional right in the cabinet, a government of a party he has opposed so much appoint. He has no ethical right to hod on to any ministry either.

    Gamaya Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:58 AM

    The appointment of Ravi as a minister defies the very existence of the UNP as a party leaving room for the President to critisise later.

    Jack Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:59 AM

    Well done MS. 2 governments within 2 months. Way to go

    Vaz Thursday, 20 December 2018 11:52 AM

    What are portfolios MS will hold, just defence

    Yahiya Thursday, 20 December 2018 12:05 PM

    Everything for one more years.

    Jude Thursday, 20 December 2018 12:07 PM

    So there's a Silver Lining out of "Black Friday" October 26th !!!Yeah, 30 Member Cabinet !! Who Knew it will come to this!!??

    Comma Thursday, 20 December 2018 01:22 PM

    MS has shown he is no longer eligible to be the president of SL. He is well suitable to be a scarecrow.If RW is a specialist doctor, MS is the Psycho

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