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The government formally informed Parliament yesterday that there were as many as 92 Ministers, deputy ministers and state ministers, and doors were open to accommodate further crossovers from the opposition to increase the number if necessary.

In the aftermath of the appointment of two deputy ministers and a state minister, National Freedom Party (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa asked on Wednesday how the number could be increased in this manner despite constitutional restrictions placed in the 19th Amendment.

He also asked the government to reveal the exact number of ministers, deputy ministers and state ministers serving in the government at the moment.

The government leaders said it would be done the following day after formal inquiries from the authorities concerned.

Accordingly, Joint Opposition MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane made a reminder about it when the House met yesterday.

Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunatilake said 47 Cabinet Ministers including the President, 20 state ministers and 25 deputy ministers had been appointed at the moment.

"There is scope to increase of the number. Therefore, doors are open to accommodate anyone willing to join the government," he said. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

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  • gonbella Thursday, 14 April 2016 03:48 AM

    That is the million dollar question. We do not have any politician in Sri Lanka that is not corrupt, not inept and not act against the people who voted for them.

    Kamal D Ranasinghe Friday, 08 April 2016 05:35 PM

    This is utterly unacceptable and the Yahapalna duos contradicting their own words and election pledge. We are ashamed of facing public for every step taken by the duos. SHAME!!!

    Veda-mama Friday, 08 April 2016 05:38 PM

    More the Merrier....After all it is the poor man who has to stomach the high taxes to contribute towards their wages just because to keep some in power.

    Saraa Goyya Friday, 08 April 2016 06:01 PM

    MR did the same - offered minister posts to cross-overs and enlarged the cabinet. You criticized him, toppled him, and now you follow him. No wonder why the people rally behind him.

    Mahir Friday, 08 April 2016 06:06 PM

    Give MR a cabinet ministry, everything will be sorted out.

    Onlooker Friday, 08 April 2016 06:09 PM

    Amendment to Malalasekera sinhala /English dictionary. Yahapalana - Disgraceful

    shifa Wednesday, 13 April 2016 08:40 AM

    I could wring this fellow's neck!! whom am I to vote next time?

    Nethra Monday, 11 April 2016 09:53 AM

    What a surprise,Oh yes! P.M.s 1 Million Jobs including these appointments too.

    karthi Saturday, 16 April 2016 07:51 AM

    Well it is yet below 100 and when it goes beyond 100 VAT may be increased to 20%.

    Ralph Tuesday, 12 April 2016 04:18 AM

    We need an independent commission to monitor the cost of parliament, remuneration and benefits of parliamentarians and ensuring that the government abides by the constitution.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 08 April 2016 11:29 AM

    You can keep the doors open and do what you like, but be careful of the repercussions from the citizens of this country. We did it on the 8th of Jan and will not fail to do it again if we find that abuse of governance is taking place. !!!WARNING!!!

    Subash hewage Saturday, 16 April 2016 11:55 AM

    Why there are no deputies for the state ministers ? it's a great opportunity to yahapalanaya " goon MPs"

    annoyed Friday, 08 April 2016 11:33 AM

    Boysh.... this is what happened when a bad leader does a damage. Dogs will always fight for left overs. It will continue till these so called JO guys shut down.

    shif Wednesday, 13 April 2016 04:43 PM

    why ministry, not president?

    Wele Vidane Friday, 08 April 2016 11:44 AM

    Hoda welawata rotiya karaune

    Ramsay Friday, 08 April 2016 11:53 AM

    Can keep adding until the next election

    Ilham Iqbal Friday, 08 April 2016 12:18 PM

    why british left us on 1948 why why my country would have been a real wonder of Asia if they rule us today mourning of a highly dissapointed citizen who elected this bunch of goons over another set of goons via DM Android App

    Gamapala Friday, 08 April 2016 12:38 PM

    way to go YAHAPALANAYA !!!!! Can ordinary citizens get a post

    Raj Friday, 08 April 2016 03:25 PM

    Why don't you make rest of the Government MPs as Some ministers? It appears bribery has been legalised in Sri Lanka - You offer a Minister Post for MPs to Cross Over. Isn't that a bribe? Yahapalana is at its best!!


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