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Cabinet reshuffle delayed as SLFP breakaway imminent

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  • Maithripala has already hinted he will form his own alliance
  • Sources say that several ministries are going to change heads
  • Some SLFP MPs have also been critical of certain government policies

The much awaited cabinet reshuffle which was to get underway this month has been delayed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as an SLFP split from the government is imminent, the Daily Mirror learns.

Political sources said that several ministries are going to change heads, including Fisheries, Agriculture, Highways and Environment, but this has been further delayed due to an imminent exit by the SLFP from the government.

SLFP Leader and former President Maithripala Sirisena has already hinted he will form his own alliance and invite other political parties to join, to contest future elections. Some SLFP MPs have in recent months also been critical of some government policies, and this split has increased so much so that the SLPP parliamentarians have also openly begun criticising the SLFP.

This has been shot down by the SLPP seniors who have advised the younger MPs in recent days to avoid confrontations with the SLFP to allow them to exit the government respectfully.

However, while the SLFP leadership has signalled a split with the SLPP, the Daily Mirror learns that all SLFP parliamentarians will not leave the government. While some are likely to sit in the opposition ranks once the party leaves the government, some SLFP MPs will breakaway and continue to sit with the government in Parliament.

The SLPP is also in talks with some minority parties, including some Muslim MPs who have already shown a willingness to join the government. However, this will take place in exchange of deputy ministries and state ministries if they join and support the SLPP led government.

In the new cabinet reshuffle, new faces are also expected to receive key portfolios while some state ministries will be further strengthened. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

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  • Sri Monday, 17 January 2022 10:43 AM

    Many people from government may change side and popularity of the government goes down day by day

    klal Monday, 17 January 2022 01:03 PM

    I don't think so. This is a difficult time govt has done the best that it can do. Government servants are not doing their part despite the enormous perks that they enjoy.

    Mahinda Amare Monday, 17 January 2022 11:01 AM

    Even if the SLFP withdraws from the Government, the entirely will not leave, as those holding Ministerial positions may want to remain and continue enjoying their positions and perks.

    Cheers Monday, 17 January 2022 01:00 PM

    Actually having SLFP in government especially Maithree former president Actually is un productive

    Sam Monday, 17 January 2022 01:12 PM

    Please don't elect any of these people again. Just enough. Think before you vote.

    Farieze Monday, 17 January 2022 01:12 PM

    Appoint maithri as finance minister

    Terrance Fernando Monday, 17 January 2022 01:13 PM

    Even My3 pala Sirisena will not leave SLPP as he knows pretty well that he is covered under Gota

    K. Karunapala Monday, 17 January 2022 01:17 PM

    Ravi has to come out with the facts about Mythiripala Sirisena then probably he could be kept behind bars.

    jayt Monday, 17 January 2022 06:52 PM

    If rajapksas stays there any longer Sri lanka will officially owned by foreigners operating in india

    jayt Monday, 17 January 2022 07:20 PM

    First get rid of these foreign tribes came to Srianka on colonial pigy back and stole sinhalese names to cheat local modayas


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