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The Joint Opposition (JO) today questioned whether President Maithripala Sirisena was informed of the agreement signed to sell 80 percent of shares of the Hambantota Port to a Chinese firm.

The President is also the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

Addressing a news conference, MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage said Subject Minister Arjuna Ranatunga had not even been informed of the decision.

“When asked, the government says it was the Prime Minister and Minister Malik Samarawickrama, who were in charge of decision making. If it is true, then what is the point of having a Ports and Shipping Minister? Decision related to the Hambantota Port had been taken bypassing the Minister. He had only been briefed once everything was finalised,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said a shady deal of US$ 100 mn had taken place in Hong Kong in line with handing over the Southern Port to China.

“We request the President to probe into this corrupt deal,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

 

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  • nick Wednesday, 14 December 2016 02:22 PM

    come on stop barking all have benefited from this including Finance minister when such deal take place have you forgotten ur time used to get comis %...so its their time ultimately ordinary people KADE GIYE via DM Android App

    Shelly. Wednesday, 14 December 2016 02:24 PM

    If he doesnt know how the responsibilities are divided among The Ministries in the present Govt. Mahinanda (Paranagama)should have humble enough learn same from the Prime Minister. via DM Android App

    dulan Wednesday, 14 December 2016 02:33 PM

    You know about shady deals.Give one tiny bit of evidence on any shady deal in Hong Kong or anywhere.

    Madiya Wednesday, 14 December 2016 02:57 PM

    Good work. This proves "set a thief to catch a thief "!

    Dave Wednesday, 14 December 2016 03:04 PM

    This man thinks that every government transaction is "corrupt". He cannot think beyond things which happened during their time!


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