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Sri Lanka Unity Government's Cabinet Reshuffle tomorrow

Colombo, 30 April, (Asiantribune.com):

The reshuffle of the new cabinet of Sri Lanka's unity government will be held on May 1st - tomorrow, according to President Maithripala Srisena.

He expressed this view at a religious ceremony held at the Walagamba Maha Pirivena Viharaya in Dambulla on Friday (27).

The President Maithripala Sirisena stated that the reshuffling of the cabinet will be done in a scientific way and accordingly it will be done on the 1st of May.

This will be the 4th Cabinet reshuffle held after President Sirisena was sworn in.

The Cabinet reshuffle is to take place tomorrow at Presidential Secretariat and all ministers are informed to be present by 9.30 am.

The new Cabinet of Ministers would be sworn in at 10.00 am, tomorrow (1), at the Presidential Secretariat, before President Maithripala Sirisena, according to sources.

The final report, containing the names of the new ministers, with subjects allocated to them would be presented to the President this morning, sources said, adding that the UNP was expected to submit its list this morning.

Subjects, allocated to ministers would, more or less, remain unchanged, sources said. The ministerial posts which fell vacant due to the exit of a group of 16 SLFP?ministers, from the government, would go to other SLFP MPs.

‘Asian Tribune’ reliably learnt that former Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and former Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa would be too inducted as cabinet ministers in the new ministerial reshuffle.

Early this month, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was forced to face a vote of no confidence in Parliament moved by the Joint Opposition which has the backing of Rajapaksa.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe won the vote convincingly even after some of the unity government's Sirisena loyalists voted for his ouster among them were six ministers of the Cabinet.

Sixteen SLFPers ( six Ministers, State Ministers, Deputy Ministers and MP) left the government to join the Opposition ranks, after they had voted for a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

They are Susil Premajayantha, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Dilan Perera, John Seneviratne, Lakshman Wasantha Perera, Dr Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Tharanath Basnayake, Susantha Punchinilame, Anura Yapa, S B Dissanayake, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Chandima Weerakkody, Anuradha Jayaratne, T. B. Ekanayake and Sumedha Jayasena.

Sources close to the President, last night, ruled out the possibility of former SLFP?ministers accepting ministerial portfolios again. "A rapprochement is not possible and they will join the Opposition’ they said.

Furthermore, Wickremesinghe's party urged that those who voted against him need sacking from the government. Acting ministers were appointed to cover for six of them after they resigned.

The President's Office issued a fresh gazette notification Thursday, the third in a space of two weeks, to summon Parliament to meet on May 8 for a new session after it was found that the two previous gazette notifications were either incomplete or faulty.

President Sirisena, on April 12, made the decision to prorogue Parliament by virtue of the powers vested in him by Article 70 of the Constitution. Fixed as the date for the start of the new Parliamentary session but it failed to give a time for the sittings to commence.

To correct this, another gazette notification was issued on April 23 which states that “by virtue of the powers vested in me by Article 70(4) of the Chapter XI of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, I, Maithripala Sirisena, President, do by this Proclamation summon Parliament to meet at the Parliament Hall, Sri Jayawardenepura, on the Eighth day of May, Two Thousand and Eighteen at 02.15.”

However, there was a mistake in this Gazette notification as the powers are vested in the President to summon Parliament under Article 70 of the Constitution and not Article 70 (4).

Hence the President‘s Secretary Austin Fernando issued yet another Gazette notification on Thursday to correct this mistake.

It said the proclamation of April 23rd “” should be corrected “to read as “by the powers vested in me by Article 70 of the Chapter XI of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, I, Maithripala Sirisena, President, do by this Proclamation summon Parliament to meet at the Chamber of the Parliament, Sri Jayewardenepura, on the Eighth day of May, Two Thousand and Eighteen at 02.15 p.m.”

- Asian Tribune -

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