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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2642

Sri Lanka: A cabinet shake-up due soon

Colombo, 15 September, ( A cabinet reshuffle is expected soon in Sri Lanka. “Asian Tribune” learnt that four more UNP parliamentarians are expected to cross over to the government side and a public announcement by the President is due soon.

In the meantime some other changes are also due. It is understood that Minister of Justice Amarasiri Dodangoda is confined to wheel chair. The day to day functions of the ministry is presently handled by Dilan Perera, the state Minister of Justice.

As Minister Amarasiri Dodangoda’s health condition is deteriorating, it is likely he will be asked to stand down both from his ministerial position and parliamentary seat. He is likely to be replaced.

Another vacancy also occurred when Anwar Ismail, Minister of Irrigation, a state minister passed away in a hospital in Colombo and his body was taken to Sammanthurai yesterday itself for necessary funeral ceremonies.

Anwar Ismail, a national list member of parliament belongs to the National Congress led by A.L.M. Aththaula, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage.

Presently, Sri Lanka government is focusing on a program of building the nation. This program is directly under the President.

There are also six ministers of state; Susantha Punchinilame, Gunaratna Weerakoon, S. M. Chandrasena, Rohitha Abeygunawardana, A. P. Jagath Pushpakumara and D. M. Dassanayake
as state ministers involved in the nation building program

Asian Tribune learnt that President might consider some one very close to him as the Minister of Nation Building to concentrate on the development activities by nominating him initially as a member of parliament.

In the meantime President is also, Asian Tribune learnt, is interested in creating two new ministerial portfolios - minister for overseas Sri Lankans, to take care of the Sri Lanka diaspora in Europe, Australasia and North America.

It was further revealed that choice for such an appointment would be either a Tamil or a Tamil speaking parliamentarian, who is from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. It is said that someone holding a ministerial portfolio with cabinet status would be entrusted with this ministry as an additional portfolio.

Government aims to harness the Sri Lankan diaspora in the West for building the country. Government is also interested in building the image of the country by entering into a close collaboration with the Sri Lanka diaspora.

Further, it is expected there would be a minister appointed to run a ministry of non-traditional energy. Again this might be also given to someone who is holding a ministerial portfolio in addition to his/ her portfolio.

- Asian Tribune -

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